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Harvey aid, debt limit hike and government funding sails through Senate

Harvey aid, debt limit hike and government funding sails through Senate”

The congressional resolution signed by Trump also extends the USA debt limit to avert a government shutdown in addition to providing some $15.25 billion for hurricane recovery efforts.

The debt ceiling measure gives Congress a deadline of December 8 to agree upon a new spending plan.

Kicking the financial football downfield comes after worries that bipartisan gridlock over issues such as Trump's proposed border wall could send operations grinding to a halt.

An aerial photo shows damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas.

. Yet, right on the heels of Harvey is Hurricane Irma, which is quickly approaching Florida.

The Senate approved the measure 80 to 17.

Republican leaders had wanted a longer-term extension of the debt limit, but were left with little recourse when Trump sided with the top Democrats in Congress, Senator Chuck Schumer of NY and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, at a White House meeting Wednesday.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reached a deal with President Trump on the debt ceiling.

. It is a good start, but Texas Gov. Greg Abbott noted that the state will need nearer to $200 billion to see anything close to a full recovery.

The $15.25 billion in emergency funding includes $7.4 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, $450 million for the Small Business Authority's disaster loan program and $7.4 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.



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