“To my colleagues who have unnecessarily delayed this bill - and who may even today may vote against it - I ask, why?” Dunn said on the House floor.
The final House vote was 354 to 58, with all the 'No' votes coming from Republicans. The Senate had passed the bill 85-8 before Memorial Day.
“After an unfortunate delay, I'm pleased to see the U.S. House pass disaster aid legislation,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA). “Our Georgia farmers and millions of Americans are hurting, and I hope it will quickly be signed into law.”
“After an unnecessary delay, the House finally passed the disaster relief agreement that passed the Senate nearly two weeks ago,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
“It's long overdue,” said Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL).
Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) said, “the fact that it took 237 days for Congress to pass a disaster relief bill after Hurricane Michael is beyond embarrassing.”
Conservative groups like Club For Growth had urged GOP lawmakers to vote against the disaster relief, arguing the cost should have been offset by budget cuts in other areas of government spending.
"Increased federal spending is unacceptable at a time when Congress is incurring irresponsible annual deficits," the group argued.
"I'm still troubled that we're poised to spend $19 billion that is not paid for," said Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), one of the Republicans who blocked House action on the disaster bill in late May.
The bill not only includes $19 billion in disaster relief, but also final approval of provisions in the plan which will force the Trump Administration to release $16 billion in disaster funding approved by lawmakers back in February of 2018.
That money - which includes $4.4 billion for Texas, and over $8 billion for Puerto Rico - has been held up by the Trump Administration for months, with no public explanation offered as to why money to help deal with hurricanes in 2017 still hasn't been spent with the 2019 hurricane season now underway.
“The $4.3 billion in disaster relief aid is overdue and will go a long way in helping Texans as they continue to rebuild their lives after (Hurricane) Harvey,” said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX).
Even after three separate objections by Republicans had postponed final action on the bill for ten days, there was little debate on the House floor about the measure on Monday afternoon, as lawmakers returned from a week back in their home states.