Senate Passes $15.3B Aid Package for Harvey

Postal worker Lonzell Rector makes his rounds among flood damaged debris from homes that lines the street in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Houston. Photo: KSTP/Matt Rourke
Postal worker Lonzell Rector makes his rounds among flood damaged debris from homes that lines the street in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Houston.

September 07, 2017 05:50 PM

The Senate has passed 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 temporarily extend the government's ability to borrow money to cover its bills.

The 80-17 vote returns the legislation to the House for a vote Friday that would send it to the White House.

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The measure would also fund government agencies through Dec. 8, taking the threat of an Oct. 1 government shutdown off the table.

The aid money comes as Harvey recovery efforts are draining federal disaster aid coffers — and as Hurricane Irma takes aim at Florida.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved late Wednesday to add $7.4 billion in money for rebuilding to Trump's $7.9 billion Harvey request.

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