US Senate moves ahead with disaster relief, fiscal package

Ted Cruz, a Republican from Houston.

Under the House bill, the Federal Emergency Management Agency would get $7.4 billion to distribute through its Disaster Relief Fund.

First up in the House on Wednesday is the initial $7.9 billion aid installment to help with immediate Harvey recovery and rebuilding needs in Houston and beyond. "There will be many ongoing discussions in Congress about passing that relief package". I'm told if we don't raise the debt ceiling than we can't appropriate the additional funds for Harvey on an emergency basis, which we absolutely need to do.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., spoke to reporters, February 27, outside the White House in Washington, following their meeting with President Donald Trump.

"If we're going to keep momentum going and allow the economy to truly take off as it should, it is vital that we reduce crushing tax burden on our companies and on our workers", Trump said as McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan and others gathered with him for the meeting. Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), the RSC's chairman, called the prospect "a little unsettling and even more frustrating" in a Fox News Channel interview Tuesday. "I think that's ridiculous and disgraceful that they want to play politics with the debt ceiling".

"We have a bad habit around here of kicking the can down the road, like we just did", said Republican Sen.


The roughly 40 Freedom Caucus members would not necessarily have the power to block the legislation. While the Senate forces a debate and shows that it will struggle to pass the funds, the funds passed the House by a vote of 419-3. Sen. Democrats have generally supported increasing the debt limit in the past, and most Republicans expect that Democrats will do so again.

"I'll do anything to try to stop that", he said.

Conservative Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), who represents a Dallas-area district, said he is eager to deliver relief for his fellow Texans but he would not say whether he would vote for an aid bill tied to a debt-limit increase. "The debt ceiling's a different breed of cat".

The funding and debt limit plan would run out on December 8. Senate Minority Leader Charles.

"The idea of coupling an increase in the debt ceiling with a Harvey spending bill is equally abhorrent", Club for Growth President David McIntosh said in a statement.

The Wall Street Journal published a quick summary of the big month that lies ahead for the Republican controlled Congress and Donald Trump, highlighting how much has to be done in a very short amount of time.

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