Disaster funding vote

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)-Thursday night was a big night on Capitol Hill. Congress passed a spending bill that would replenish the nearly empty disaster aid funds.

Some of that money is expected to come to our area to help rebuild after Hurricane Irene.

There's one more hurdle to overcome, causing both parties to fight again.

This disaster aid is part of a spending bill the house passed to keep the government running through the middle of November, but this vote sets up a battle with the Senate.

By a slight majority, the Republican controlled House approved the bill to keep the government going.

It also provides $3.65 billion for disaster relief.

Without it, FEMA would run out of money early next week. That would take away money from Virginia communities still trying to rebuild after Hurricane Irene.

But the Democratic controlled Senate says it will kill the measure because of Republican cuts to Clean Energy Programs.

The Senate takes a crack at the bill today. If killed as promised, we're back to square one on how to keep money for FEMA and the government in business.

It's something we've already had to deal with twice this year. One thing's certain, Congress won't get the weekend off.

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