House leaders had hoped to pass by unanimous consent the $19.1 billion aid package for areas struck by natural disasters. But Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) voted to block the measure, which has the support of President Trump and easily passed the Senate.
The idea, which marks a shift for Republicans, has spread on Fox News programs and conservative social media and has emerged as a central argument of the Trump reelection campaign’s effort to win over minority communities.
Traffic jams create dangerous situations for hikers, who are often already exhausted and carrying heavy loads while battling altitude sickness. At least seven people are believed to have died on the mountain this week.
The “tougher, taller and stronger” 13-foot fence will meet “contemporary security standards while recognizing the historic and symbolic importance of the White House and the surrounding grounds,” according to the National Capital Planning Commission.