Senate Passes Bill on Storm Aid, Debt Limit and Government Spending

Residents and pets are evacuated from their homes

Residents and pets are evacuated from their homes

The Friday vote on the Harvey aid plan may not be the last one this month - Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) said he was told by the FEMA chief on Thursday that the $15.25 billion in disaster money won't last very long.

The relief bill will undoubtedly help those affected by the storms in Texas.

Jenna Fountain and her father Kevin carry a bucket down Regency Drive to try to recover items from their flooded home in Port Arthur, Texas, September 1, 2017.

The deal made things hard for Republicans who wanted to support Harvey aid but who opposed raising the debt limit without any spending cuts. "This funding will serve as an initial first step towards helping Texans begin the process of rebuilding". "He wanted to make sure we had a bipartisan moment". Yet, right on the heels of Harvey is Hurricane Irma, which is quickly approaching Florida. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. But Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday broke rank with those who voiced opposition.

President Donald Trump, in a surprising move, signed onto the package Wednesday, siding with Democrats who proposed bundling the bills together but only with a three-month extension for the debt ceiling. Congress will also need to take further action to raise the government's borrowing capacity.

Conservatives in the House have balked at the scope of the Trump-brokered deal, which attached two, crucial fiscal measures, calling it a win for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "Historically, the (short-term government funding) and debt ceiling have proven to be the only effective leverage for meaningful spending reform, and I believe we should continue to use them as tools to reduce our long-term debt".

"For many years people have been talking about getting rid of debt ceiling altogether, and there are a lot of good reasons to do that", the President said during a photo op at the White House.

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