Disaster relief blocked again in Congress

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – May 29, 2019 – A second congressional Republican, arguing for a vote by the full House, blocked an attempt Tuesday to pass long-stalled federal disaster relief funding that would assist Florida’s hurricane-ravaged Panhandle.
The latest move came after a group of Panhandle residents targeted – through a full-page ad in the Austin American-Statesman newspaper – a Texas Republican who initially blocked the bill on Friday.
U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., further delayed the $19.1 billion disaster package Tuesday by objecting when Georgia Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop urged the House in a brief pro forma session to move forward with the negotiated funding, which passed the Senate in an 85-8 vote last week.ALLAHASSEE, Fla. – May 29, 2019 – A second congressional Republican, arguing for a vote by the full House, blocked an attempt Tuesday to pass long-stalled federal disaster relief funding that would assist Florida’s hurricane-ravaged Panhandle.
The latest move came after a group of Panhandle residents targeted – through a full-page ad in the Austin American-Statesman newspaper – a Texas Republican who initially blocked the bill on Friday.
U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., further delayed the $19.1 billion disaster package Tuesday by objecting when Georgia Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop urged the House in a brief pro forma session to move forward with the negotiated funding, which passed the Senate in an 85-8 vote last week.

Source:  News Service of Florida, Jim Turner

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