House Representative Chip Roy, who is also a member of the House Freedom Caucus, stood up for the American people today and prevented the democrat controlled body from passing a $19.1 billion disaster relief package.
Roy objected to the unanimous consent vote because the House recessed before debating the legislation or holding a vote.
Basically, democrats were trying to sneak this through.
“I’m here today primarily because if I do not object, Congress will have passed into law a bill that spends $19 billion of taxpayer money without members of Congress being present in our nation’s capital to vote on it,” Roy said on the floor.
“Secondly, it’s a bill that includes nothing to address the clear national emergency and humanitarian crisis we have at our southern border.”
The Hill reported on the fact that the relief money would not include the border funding requested:
He also cited concerns with how the bill would ultimately be paid for.
The $19.1 billion disaster aid package, which did not include the $4.5 billion in border funding requested by President Trump, passed the Senate in an 85-8 vote on Thursday.
The measure includes $900 million in aid to Puerto Rico — a provision the president previously objected to — in addition to assistance for areas of the United States affected by hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and wildfires.
The bill included $4.38 billion that was slated to be allocated toward Hurricane Harvey housing aid to Texas.
The president previously agreed to sign the legislation, siding with Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Sen. David Perdue’s (R-Ga.) call for him to support the measure.
Trump’s support comes after Freedom Caucus leaders Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) had reportedly advised him to reject the measure after the upper chamber dropped the border security provisions from the bill, according to Politico.
“The House Republican Leadership position was to move forward with UC. It takes just one person to object and it is blocked,” a House GOP aide told The Hill, referring to unanimous consent.
Chip Roy was that lone dissenter.