Senate Passes $19 Billion Disaster Relief Bill Package

by Josh Colletta

UPDATE: The legislation has stalled in the House, as freshman congressperson Chip Roy (R – Texas) objected to passing the bills by unanimous consent on Friday, forcing a recorded vote that requires all members of the chamber to be present.

Roy said the reason for his objection was the fact that the disaster relief funding did not include money for additional security measures to confront what he called a “clear national emergency and humanitarian crisis we face at our southern border.” To that end, Roy requested a “quite modest $4.4 billion.”

Roy also voice objection to the fact that the House was about to pass a $19 billion bill without all members there to voice their opinions on it.

Congress is now in recess until June 3rd, so it’s unlikely that a vote will happen before then.