- Shannon Vavra
- Sep 7
Senate approves Harvey aid, debt ceiling, government funding deal
Evan Vucci / AP
The Senate approved legislation that would deliver the first installment of Harvey aid, raise the debt ceiling and fund the government for the next 3 months, Politico reports. That includes about $22 billion in disaster relief funds for FEMA. The package will now head to the House, which could vote as early as Thursday night, per CNN.
The backstory: This plan is essentially the one floated by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in a meeting yesterday with Trump, and such a short term debt ceiling raise was opposed by top Republicans and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin. Trump sided with the Democrats, and now the plan is moving forward.
The tally: 80-17, with all 17 nos coming from Republicans.