House Passes Big Disaster Aid Bill
By Hector Gonzales
October 13, 2017
A big disaster aid package is headed to the Senate after passage by the House yesterday. The more than $36 billion measure aims to help victims of recent hurricanes and California's raging wildfires. The vote was 353-69. Some conservatives grumbled that the measure is not being offset by spending cuts in other areas. The Senate is expected to take it up next week after senators return from a recess. Congress approved a $15 billion aid package last month after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
That was before Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and before the devastating fires in California.