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U.S. disaster aid bill blocked again as Republican objects

FILE PHOTO: The contents of grain silos which burst from flood damage are shown in Fremont County, Iowa, U.S., March 29, 2019. Photo taken March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Polansek/File Photo

A U.S. Republican lawmaker on Thursday blocked a $19.1 billion package to help Americans recover from a string of natural disasters, delaying passage for at least a few more days until the full House of Representatives can vote on it next week.

President Donald Trump supports the bill and the Senate passed it a week ago before leaving Washington for a recess. House Democrats have tried three times since last Friday to win quick, unanimous approval on a voice vote.

But with most lawmakers out of town until Monday, conservative House Republicans have been able to block passage each of the three times by requesting an official roll call vote. Such action would have to wait until the full House returns to work next week.


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