House passes $36.5 billion disaster aid package

(Worthy News) – The House on Thursday passed a $36.5 billion disaster aid bill to help states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover from a string of .

The bill was brought up under rules allowing for a quicker debate, but which also required a two-thirds majority vote. It passed 353-69, and all of the “no” votes were Republicans.

Many Republicans have continued to argue that disaster aid needs to be paid for with offsetting cuts. The final tally for aid to -stricken areas of and , as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, expected to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

Some Republicans were also expected to oppose language in the bill bailing out the National Flood Insurance Program. [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More…) ]

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