Richard Shelby

Congress finally sends long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill to Trump

Congress finally sends long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill to Trump

A long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill sailed through the House on Monday and headed to President Donald Trump for his expected signature, overcoming months of infighting, misjudgment and a feud between Trump and congressional Democrats.

Lawmakers gave the measure final congressional approval by 354-58 in the House's first significant action after returning from a 10-day recess. It was backed by all the chamber's voting Democrats and more than 50 Republicans, including many from areas hit by hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires.

Conservative Republicans held up the bill during the break, objecting on three occasions to efforts by Democratic leaders to pass the...

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