House OKs $36B in disaster funds, says more on way for Texas

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House signed off on crucial disaster relief Thursday for people hit by storms and fires from Puerto Rico to California, overcoming concerns from Gov. Greg Abbott that Congress had not earmarked money specifically for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Lawmakers voted 353-69 to provide $36.5 billion in aid for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate, and for those fighting wildfires across California and other western states. The Senate is expected to act next week.

All the "no" votes - including six from Texas - were cast by Republicans, many of whom opposed what they called a "bailout" of the nation's bankrupt National Flood Insurance Program....

8 Published By - Houston Chronicle - News - 2017.10.13. 02:23
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