BREAKING — President Donald J. Trump signed a $15.25 billion disaster relief bill Friday that also includes a three-month extension of both federal government funding and borrowing authority, a move that ends the threat of a partial government shutdown at the end of September.
The updated version of the bill includes $7.4 billion for direct assistance for victims of Hurricane Harvey; $450 million for the Small Business Administration to help small businesses get back on their feet; and an additional $7.4 billion in community development block grants for all disasters this year. The added money could be used for Hurricane Irma or other natural disasters this year. It also extends the flood insurance program until December.
Earlier in the day the House passed the bill, which also passed the Senate on Thursday.
Trump’s signature comes amid conservative Republican complaints that Trump cut the deal with Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
White House press sec. Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the announcement via Twitter just after 5pm EDT.
@POTUS just signed H.R. 601 providing much needed support for storm survivors. Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted.”
.@POTUS just signed H.R. 601 providing much needed support for storm survivors. Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 8, 2017
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