Trump appreciates Congress for funding bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - - The White House says President Donald Trump "appreciates Congress putting aside partisan politics" to quickly approve a $15.3 billion disaster aid package in the aftermath of Harvey.

Trump signed the bill on Friday. It also extends America's borrowing authority and funds the government through Dec. 8.

In a statement, the White House says people in the path of Hurricane Irma should "rest assured that this Administration will always put the needs of the American people above partisan politics as usual."

Before Congress passed the bill, angry conservative House Republicans hissed and booed senior administration officials dispatched to Capitol Hill to defend it.

The House voted 316-90 for the measure. Republicans cast all 90 votes in opposition, many of them seething after Trump cut the disaster-and-debt deal with Democratic leaders with no offsetting budget cuts.


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