Ozark (WTVY)-- U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) is frustrated about the length of time it is taking for the House to pass a disaster relief bill.
Martha Roby, U.S. Representative for Alabama's 2nd congressional district., Photo Date: May 2018 / Photo: Representative Martha Roby / MGN
“I thought on Friday morning this bill was headed to the President's desk for his signature.”
That was before Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) blocked that measure during a procedural maneuver. Roy said he didn't believe the bill should be decided with many lawmakers home for the Memorial Day recess.
Then Tuesday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky) objected to a request by Georgia Democrat Sanford Bishop to pass the $19 billion under special procedures requiring unanimous agreement among all lawmakers.
The economy in Bishop's district, like Roby's, is largely based on agriculture and was slammed by Hurricane Michael last year.
“This should have happened many months ago,” Roby said Tuesday following her address to the Ozark Kiwanis Club.
She wonders if Congress has waited too long to give farmers the relief they need. “We are far past the window for our farmers to get a crop in the ground,” Roby said.
Despite her frustration, the Republican lawmaker believes the House will approve the measure week.
The Senate has already passed the relief spending plan that will be split among several states that have suffered disasters. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will also get part of that funding.