May 30, 2019 - Politics & Policy

3rd House Republican blocks $19.1 billion disaster aid package

Rep. John Rose

Rep. John Rose Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Rep. John Rose (R-Tenn.) became the 3rd House Republican on Thursday to block a $19.1 billion natural disaster aid package from landing on President Trump's desk, reports NBC News.

Details: Rose says he blocked the aid package because it doesn't address the situation along the U.S.-Mexico border, per NBC. Rep. Chip Roy (R -Texas) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) previously blocked the aid package for the same reason as Rose.

The big picture: The last-minute disaster aid package, forged last week after months of tense negotiations, aims to provide about $900 million for Puerto Rico and reduce the risk of future floods and hurricanes in the U.S. Historic flooding and extreme weather have ransacked the Central U.S. over the past several months.

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