Wednesday 18 September 2019

Republican congressman takes advantage of Independence Day break to halt $19.1bn disaster aid

US President Donald Trump. Photo: AP
US President Donald Trump. Photo: AP

Susan Cornwell

The US House of Representatives failed again to pass a $19.1bn (€17bn) disaster aid bill supported by President Donald Trump after a Republican politician objected to the measure.

Following Senate passage of the legislation last Thursday by a vote of 85-8, House Democratic leaders had hoped to win quick, unanimous approval of the bill on a voice vote and send it to Mr Trump for his expected signature.

But with most of Congress out of town on holiday until June 4, individual House Republicans have been able to block passage twice - once last Friday and again yesterday - by demanding an official roll call vote.

Any roll call vote would have to wait until the full House returns to work next week.

Irish Independent

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