September 7, 2017 / 6:43 PM / 18 days ago

U.S. Senate passes disaster aid, govt. funding, higher debt ceiling

WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved $15.25 billion in aid for areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters, along with measures that would fund the federal government and raise its borrowing limit through Dec. 8.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved roughly $8 billion in disaster relief after President Donald Trump met congressional leaders on the deal to attach short-term, three-month measures in the Senate to fund the federal government at current levels and raise its borrowing limit.

The legislation will now return to the House, which is expected to vote on the revised package by the end of the week. (Additional reporting by Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan; Editing by Andrew Hay)

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