By Kolt Buchenroth
After months of waiting, Congress voted to pass the $19 billion disaster aid package 354-58. The measure was previously blocked by Texas Republican Chip Roy before the Memorial Day holiday, citing the absence of many of his colleagues due to the holiday break. It passed the Senate in late May.
The package provides relief for Americans impacted by flood, drought, wildfires, tornados and other natural disasters. The package also provides relief to Puerto Rico’s rebuilding efforts following the 2017 hurricane that struck that island.
Primary opposition to the bill was from House Republicans citing the absence of funding for border security, as requested by President Donald Trump.
The bill heads to the desk of the president who is expected to sign the measure into law.