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Congressman Chip Roy Stands Tall Demands Debate Of $19 Billion Disaster Bill

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As Congress was headed out of DC for the Memorial Day holiday Democrats decided to move a $19 billion disaster aid bill. The bill had never been debated, let alone read, by the House – it is a good bet that no one other than a few Democrat staff members knew what was in the bill.

And that’s the way the Democrats, all too many big-spending Republican “leaders” wanted it; pass the bill quietly on unanimous consent and then skip town.

Fortunately, one principled limited government constitutional conservative – Representative Chip Roy of Texas – was willing to stand tall and say NO to passing, without debate, a disaster aid bill that no one had read, that added $19 billion to the deficit and that did not address some of the real disasters, such as the illegal alien invasion on our southern border.

"This is a $19 billion bill that is not paid for when we are racking up $100 million of debt per hour," Roy said. "And we now are expected to let the swamp continue to mortgage the future of our children and grandchildren."

The bill had already passed the Senate on an 85-8 vote; eight Republicans opposed it. It provides over $600 million in nutrition assistance and $304 million in aid for Puerto Rico, disaster relief for farmers and various infrastructure projects to reduce the risks of floods and hurricanes and development grants for rural communities.

The bill is a big deal for farmers, because under the bill, the combination of disaster payments and crop insurance benefits or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) payments would be limited to 90 percent of a farmer’s loss. Disaster payments to farmers who didn't buy crop insurance would be capped at 70 percent of their loss and income caps would be waived, allowing for more federal money to flow to the ag producers.

According to agri-pulse.com the disaster aid package also includes non-disaster provisions, such as a provision ensuring that industrial hemp will be eligible for whole-farm insurance policies starting in 2020. That provision was a priority for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-KY).

The agriculture spending in the bill, including the direct payments to farmers, is expected to total $5.5 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

It is also worth pointing out, that, as Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D) observed to ABC News the final disaster bill "actually took out some of the things that the House conservatives wanted" such as billions of dollars to care for the influx of migrants seeking asylum after crossing the southern border.

Limiting the dollars available for detention is one way Democrats assure that illegal aliens will be released into the interior of the United States, never to be seen again until they commit some horrific crime or demand free housing, health care and other welfare benefits.

All these provisions, plus the lack of funding for the disaster on our southern border, would seem to be worthy subjects for debate, but even some Republicans were trashing Congressman Roy for having the temerity to ask that the bill be read and debated before passage.

Speaker Pelosi called it “last-minute sabotage.”

“Countless American families hit by devastating natural disasters across the country will now be denied the relief they urgently need,” the California Democrat said according to a report in The Washington Times.

Naturally, principled limited government constitutional conservative Rep. Chip Roy saw it a little differently: "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 said, and we agree.

We urge CHQ readers and friends to call Rep. Chip Roy (the toll-free Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044), tell Congressman Roy he was right to stand against the swamp and that Congress needs more principled limited government constitutional conservatives like him.

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