US House approves $8 billion in initial Hurricane Harvey relief

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The Latest: House plans Wednesday vote on Harvey aid

Ryan said it would be "ridiculous and disgraceful" for Democrats to leverage the debt ceiling for their agenda when Harvey caused historic damage and Hurricane Irma threatens to strike Florida.

As of last week, the House was set to actually consider a $876 million cut from FEMA's disaster relief accounts to help fund Trump's promised U.S. -Mexico border wall. John Cornyn, the Republican Majority Whip, said he supports the plan as a way to immediately replenish needed funds for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Harvey aide, the debt limit, and government funding bill are just three of the items Congress must address this fall in a jam-packed schedule. It will then head to the Senate, where GOP leaders are planning to tie the funding to a controversial must-pass measure to raise the debt ceiling to avoid a US government default. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Congress that it's "critical" to raise the debt ceiling by September 29.

How Republicans resolve these issues could influence the outcome of next year's congressional elections.

Ryan called the Democrat's idea a "ridiculous idea" and that they "want to play politics with the debt ceiling".

"Democrats are prepared to offer our votes for the Harvey aid package, and a short term debt limit increase of three months", the leaders' statement said.

Though McConnell is expected to link Harvey aid to a debt ceiling measure, it was not yet clear on Wednesday which iteration of the pairing would receive the most support.

"Nothing can capture how big and wide this devastation is", House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said before the vote according to A.P.

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Schumer identified two of those priorities as legalizing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Donald Trump ended Tuesday, and a long-term bill funding insurers to stabilize the individual health insurance market created by Obamacare.

"I understand the reality and I'm not going to be intractable on recognizing leadership's realities", Franks said of this month's urgent bills.

The House GOP meets next Tuesday morning, and the Senate GOP for weekly lunch Tuesday afternoon, at which point the strategy for Harvey recovery funds and the debt limit will likely be clarified.

"To his credit, he went with the better arguments", he said. "It's unworkable", Ryan said.

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Both Amash and Massie also opposed approving aid for Hurricane Sandy in 2013, along with all but 49 of their fellow House Republicans.

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