House passes hurricane relief-govt funding bill, sends to president; Simpson votes yes, Labrador misses vote

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The U.S. House today passed the Hurricane Harvey relief/government funding bill on a 316-90 vote, sending the measure to President Trump, who has pledged to sign it. Idaho 2nd District GOP Rep. Mike Simpson voted yes; 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador was among 27 House members who didn’t vote. The measure, part of a deal struck by Trump and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, avoids a government shutdown and raises the debt ceiling through December; it also approves more than $15 billion in disaster relief funding related to Hurricane Harvey. The Hill reports that a majority of House Republicans voted for the bill, but more of the votes in favor came from Democrats; all Democrats who were present for the vote voted in favor. All 90 “no”...

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