House plans Wednesday vote on Harvey aid

SHARE House plans Wednesday vote on Harvey aid
ap17247558342178.jpg

House leaders have announced plans to vote Wednesday on a bill to deliver disaster relief to Texas as it recovers from Harvey. | AP Photo

WASHINGTON — House leaders have announced plans to vote Wednesday on a bill to deliver disaster relief to Texas as it recovers from Harvey.

The move on a $7.9 billion relief package would replenish a rapidly depleting disaster aid fund even as another storm, Hurricane Irma, churns out in the Atlantic.

The vote would come as a stand-alone measure, and not be tied to the contentious issue of increasing the nation’s borrowing limit. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that Harvey relief should be tied to a debt limit bill — as a way to ensure storm victims get help.

Some House conservatives are opposed to directly pairing disaster aid with a debt limit increase. Democrats have also been cool to the approach. The Senate has not said when or how it will vote on Harvey aid.

The Latest
Today’s update is a 5-minute read that will brief you on the day’s biggest stories.
Laurance Reed has caught a pink salmon, a Chinook and a coho from shore on Chicago’s North Side since mid-August. Can he add other salmon and trout?
Should the team stick with Tony La Russa, or move on from the Hall of Fame manager? And will fans tolerate another rebuild?
The final fallout from the fight after the Morgan Park vs. Kenwood football game on Saturday at Lane Stadium is still unknown.
“11 Minutes,” is an inside account of the 2017 Route 91 Harvest country music festival massacre in Las Vegas and, more importantly, about how it reverberated in the lives of those who were there.