Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan measure (H. Res. 502) by a vote of 419-3 to provide approximately $8 billion to FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Hurricane Harvey emergency recovery efforts.
Today, the U.S. Senate passed an emergency spending and government funding measure (H.R. 601) by a vote of 80-17. The package includes $15.25 billion in hurricane recovery relief funds (specifically $7.4 Billion for FEMA, $7.4 Billion for Community Development Block Grants, and $450 million for the SBA). Additionally, the measure includes a Continuing Resolution (CR) to allow agencies to operate through Friday, December 8, thereby averting a shutdown on October 1. Federal agencies will be required to offset their Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 rate of operations during this time period by 0.6791 percent. The measure also includes a debt limit suspension, preventing a default.
The House must now act on the Senate-passed bill before it can be sent to the President for his signature.
I will keep you updated on further developments.