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GOP congressman stands alone, blocks massive $19.1 billion spending bill

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, is taking a lone stand against massive spending, creating an opportunity to demand that House Democrats fund border security.

Roy said Friday he will block a unanimous consent request in the House to pass a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill passed by the Senate and supported by President Trump, Roll Call reports. Blocking the unanimous consent request will force a recorded floor vote, delaying the bill until June, when lawmakers return from recess.

"The people, particularly in Texas, but people generally, are tired of the swamp and this is a very swampy thing to do — have a vote on a Friday heading into Memorial Day weekend and after we recess, when we could have done our job yesterday when we had 435 members of Congress who should be here and should vote," Roy told reporters.

The disaster bill passed the Senate Thursday, only after provisions for border security were stripped from the language. It figures that Congress would attempt to pass a massive spending bill just before a holiday weekend, when few Americans are paying attention. Worse still, the bill as it stands does nothing to address the migrant crisis, the most pressing issue facing the country.

Roy has bought Republicans and President Trump more time to negotiate a better deal. Let's see if they're up for it.

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