Kentucky Republican blocks disaster aid in House

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Another conservative Republican has once again blocked efforts by House leaders to speed a $19 billion disaster aid bill to President Donald Trump’s desk.

Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie objected to a request by Georgia Democrat Sanford Bishop to pass the bill under special procedures requiring unanimous agreement among all lawmakers. Sanford’s district’s economy is largely based on agriculture and was slammed by Hurricane Michael last year.

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Massie said that if Democratic leaders thought the measure was so urgent they should have kept the House in session last week so that members could go on record with a roll call tally.

The developments were expected but No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer warned that further delays would put keep millions of flood and hurricane victims at risk.

Last week, Texas freshman GOP Rep. Chip Roy blocked the bill.