Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi Statement on House Republican Sabotage of Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill

May 24, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after House Republicans objected to a disaster relief bill that the bipartisan Senate had just overwhelmingly agreed to:

“House Republicans’ last-minute sabotage of an overwhelmingly bipartisan disaster relief bill is an act of staggering political cynicism.  Countless American families hit by devastating natural disasters across the country will now be denied the relief they urgently need.

“Our Democratic House passed two strong disaster relief bills this year to provide help and healing to families hit by floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters.  Now, after the President and Senate Republicans disrupted and delayed disaster relief for more than four months, House Republicans have decided to wage their own sabotage.  Every day of Republican obstruction, more disasters have struck, more damage has piled up and more families have been left in the cold.

“Every House Republican needs to answer to the American people why they are standing in the way of urgently needed disaster relief for families struggling to heal and recover.”