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Donald Trump signs $15.25 bn relief package for Hurricane Harvey victims

Harvey made landfall in southern Texas on August 25 as a Category 4 hurricane

IANS  |  Washington 

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The bill passed the House of Representatives earlier Friday by a vote of 316-90

US President signed into law a bill to provide $15.25 billion in assistance for victims of Hurricane Harvey, extend the for three months and fund the operation of the federal government until December 8.

The President "just signed H.R. 601 providing much needed support for storm survivors. Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted," White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted on Friday.

The result of an agreement between Trump and the Democratic opposition, the bill passed the House of Representatives earlier Friday by a vote of 316-90, Efe news reported.

All of the nay votes came from opposed to raising the without securing spending cuts in return.

The measure sailed through the Senate on Wednesday.

Funds for victims of Harvey, which initially made landfall in southern Texas on August 25 as a Category 4 hurricane and left at least 60 people dead, caused catastrophic flooding and displaced thousands of people in southern Texas and Louisiana, will boost the resources of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as braces for the arrival of major Hurricane this weekend.

Republican House Speaker said on Thursday that FEMA was on the verge of running out of money.

Congress faced a September 30 deadline to raise the debt limit and fund the government for the next fiscal year (which starts on October 1).

The deal worked out between Democratic leaders and Trump gives lawmakers until December to work on a long-term and more far-reaching accord, averting -- at least for now -- the drama of recent years surrounding the

In 2011, no agreement was reached until the 11th hour, prompting Standard & Poor's to downgrade the US's AAA sovereign credit rating for the first time in the country's history.

First Published: Sat, September 09 2017. 11:06 IST
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