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Trump Signs CR/Debt Limit/Harvey Bill Into Law


top story photo President Trump on Friday signed into law a $15.25 billion Hurricane Harvey aid package that also extends government funding and the federal debt ceiling into early December. The House passed the bill on Friday, a day after the Senate gave its approval.

The Senate had passed the legislative package on Thursday. It includes a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through Dec. 8, a suspension of the debt limit through Dec. 9, and $15.25 billion for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

The CR includes a provision giving Customs and Border Protection and TSA funding flexibility to maintain staffing levels into the new fiscal year, allowing the agencies to continue to hire during the duration of the CR.

While an agreement to keep the government open and suspend the debt limit for several months is good news in the short term, it sets up a politically tough negotiation leading up to the December deadline.

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