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Senate Passes Harvey Relief Tied to Debt Ceiling, Government Funding

The Senate on Thursday passed a $15.25 billion Hurricane Harvey relief package combined with a clean debt-ceiling increase and a continuing resolution that funds the government through mid-December. The deal, which passed 80-17, was brokered on Wednesday between President Trump and congressional leaders, and Republican lawmakers were dismayed that the president sided with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader (D-CA) on a three-month extension. The measure now heads to the House of Representatives, which overwhelmingly passed a $7.85 billion clean Harvey relief bill on Wednesday. Conservative lawmakers in the House have expressed strident opposition to the package being combined with a debt ceiling hike and a government funding vehicle, but it is likely to pass in the lower chamber with mostly Democratic votes.

—Andrew Desiderio