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Ky. Representative Blocks Disaster Relief Bill

Posted at 5:47 AM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 08:11:29-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. (LEX 18)– A bill that would provide disaster relief to thousands across the country has still not passed.

It was blocked Tuesday by a Kentucky representative.

The bill has been stalled in Congress since December, but the latest blockage has many enraged.

The Democrat-controlled House advanced the measure aimed at helping millions of Americans in states and territories by “unanimous consent,” which allows for quick passage with just a handful of lawmakers present.

A single member, however, can object to block any proposal from passing by unanimous consent.

On Friday, a Texas representative blocked the measure.

Not long after the president tweeted about the recent tornadoes in Ohio on Tuesday saying “we are with you”, Kentucky representative Thomas Massie went against the grain for relief support.

Massie’s Kentucky district stretches from Louisville to Ashland.

“If the speaker of this House felt that this was must-pass legislation, the speaker of this house should have called a vote on this bill before sending every member of Congress on recess for 10 days. I object.”

If the vote does not pass again Thursday, they will try again next week when the House is back in session and they can do a “roll call vote” meaning the bill only needs a majority to pass.