U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, blocked fast-track passage of a $19 billion disaster aid package that includes an extension to the National Flood Insurance Program, The Associated Press reported May 24.
Roy blocked the bill because Senate Democrats stripped out funding to curb illegal immigration at the southern border that President Donald Trump's administration asked for, AP reported, citing local media reports. The bill had cleared the Senate 85-8 the previous day and had also passed a House vote without the National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization.
Trump said he will sign the bill into law.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed an earlier program extension bill on May 14, and Louisiana's two senators are expected to make a procedural move to allow for an extension before the program expires May 31, The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La., reported.