House approves $15B in hurricane aid, funds government until December


Posted on: September 8th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The House passed a sweeping package on Friday that authorizes billions of dollars for hurricane recovery efforts, raises the debt limit and funds the government through December.

With a vote of 316-90, the measure, which now needs the president’s signature, adds more than $15 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s coffers to aid the recovery efforts in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The bill passed despite opposition from conservatives who objected to the bipartisan deal forged by President Donald Trump and top Democrats. All 90 “no” votes were from Republicans.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy scheduled the vote before noon to give members time to return home ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Top Republicans had pushed for a longer-term extension of the debt ceiling. Rank-and-file conservatives called for spending cuts or policy changes tied to the debt-limit hike.

“Personally, I think the debt limit, and the credit markets — the longer, the better — for the stability of the credit markets. That’s my strong opinion,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., said Thursday.

He added that Trump “was interested in making sure that this is a bipartisan moment while we respond to these hurricanes, and he made that clear.”

The Senate cleared the package Thursday afternoon in an 80-to-17 vote, with only Republicans opposing the bill.

The additional funds will also be available for recovery efforts in areas that may be impacted by Hurricane Irma.

The package also sets up another fiscal showdown over government funding and the debt limit in December.

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