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Harvey will make Congress functional

The need to pass aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey will get Congress to put aside looming fights on funding the government and raising the debt limit, Carl Hulse of the New York Times reports today. "Congress wants to look functional," Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole says.

Why it matters: Congress was gearing up for a battle over government funding and Trump's border wall that could have led to a government shutdown and roiled financial markets later this month. Those fights are off the table now as focus turns to Harvey aid, though they could return at the end of the year.

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