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It’s typical Washington, D.C. to want to pass a $19 billion bill without even giving lawmakers a chance to weigh in.
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But thanks to the effort of Republican Reps. Chip Roy of Texas and Thomas Massie , the swamp hit a speed bump.
On Friday and again on Tuesday, there was an effort to pass a $19 billion disaster aid package in the House–despite the fact that the House was on recess.
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This would seem to be an important matter for the House to hash out in open debate before sending to the president’s desk. After all, the Founding Fathers intentionally put the purse strings in the hands of the House, a body closest to the interests of the people.
The average American household pays about $26,000 in taxes to the federal government a year. That $19 billion is roughly equal to the annual federal taxes of 730,000 households–hardly a trivial amount of money.
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But instead of having a robust debate, the bill was rushed through in the metaphorical dead of night. Rachel Bovard, the policy director of the Conservative Partnership Institute, explained in the Washington Examiner how this all went down. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D.-Calif. brought the bill to the floor after sending legislators home for vacation on Thursday.
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“What [Pelosi] wasn’t counting on, however, was that one member wanted to actually read the bill–the final text of which had only come over from the Senate hours earlier,” Bovard wrote. “Not only that, but horror of horrors, he wanted to debate and vote on it.”
“Roy objected to passing the bill by unanimous consent, asserting his right to request that the House of Representatives debate and vote on...
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