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PoliticsDisaster aid bill worth $19.1B blocked again in U.S. House

21:35  28 may  2019
21:35  28 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Deal over disaster aid in flux as recess fast approaches

Deal over disaster aid in flux as recess fast approaches Mitch McConnell promised that the Senate would take some action on the contentious aid package before the Memorial Day recess.

Disaster aid bill worth $19.1B blocked again in U.S. House © Joe Raedle/Getty Images Irma Maldanado stands with her parrot and her dog in what is left of her home destroyed by Hurricane Maria in 2017 in Corozal, Puerto Rico. WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday failed again to pass a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill supported by President Donald Trump after a Republican lawmaker 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 Trump for his expected signature.

But with most lawmakers out of town for a recess until June 4, individual House Republicans have been able to block passage twice - once last Friday and again on Tuesday - by demanding an official roll call vote. Any roll call vote would have to wait until the full House returns to work next week.

Reporting by Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan; editing by Tim Ahmann

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