Hours ahead of shutdown deadline, U.S. House sends Biden stopgap spending bill
Package includes disaster aid and billions for NM after massive wildfire. More funding for Hurricane Ian response will likely need to be approved.
A firefighter working overnight battling the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire. The blaze was ignited by the U.S. Forest Service. (Public domain photo via the National Wildfire Coordinating Group)
WASHINGTON — U.S. House members, mostly along party lines, cleared a spending package Friday that would bolster funding for natural disaster response, though with Hurricane Ian still battering the Southeast, lawmakers will likely need to approve another aid bill later this year.
The measure would provide $2.5 billion in assistance for the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire that destroyed parts of New Mexico this spring, $2 billion in Community Development Block Grant disaster relief funding for states affected by natural disasters during 2021 and 2022 and $1 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
The package would keep the federal government up and running through Dec. 16, giving congressional leaders and the White House more time to work out how much to spend on discretionary programs and to draft bipartisan versions of the dozen annual government funding bills.
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