SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT FOR THREE MONTHS, RAISE THE DEBT CEILING AND ISSUE HURRICANE RELIEF - September 8, 2017
Senate passes $15B disaster aid measure, debt limit increase
By Andrew Taylor, Federal News Radio
The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly backed a $15.3 billion aid package for victims of Harvey, nearly doubling President Donald Trump’s emergency request, and adding a deal between Trump and Democrats to increase America’s borrowing authority and fund the government into December.
The 80-17 vote sends the package to the House for a vote on Friday, though GOP conservatives are chafing at the inside-Washington maneuvering and painful debt limit vote. But with emergency accounts running out of money and Hurricane Irma barreling toward the East Coast, the measure appears set to easily pass. Trump will sign it.