U.S. Senate vote to approve Hurricane Harvey funding

The senate has just approved a package of bills that pairs emergency funding for hurricane relief with measures that would raise the debt ceiling and keep the government open for three months.

The vote was 80-17.

The legislation now goes to the house, which could vote as early as Thursday night.

President Trump, in a surprising move, signed the package Wednesday.

Governor Abbott issued a statement On U.S. Senate vote To Approve Hurricane Harvey Funding

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement after the United States Senate voted to allocate $15.25 billion as an initial down payment to Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

“Hurricane Harvey proved to be a devastating storm for the State of Texas, and the commitment by Congress to ensuring our citizens have every available resource behind us as we recover is imperative,” said Governor Abbott. “The response by the federal government has been swift and effective, and the passage of a bill allocating an initial down payment for recovery and rebuilding is a continuation of their assurances to stand firm with Texas. I thank the U.S. Senate & members of both parties for working to secure funding to help Texas rebuild from Hurricane Harvey.”