Alexander: Senate-Passed Bill Provides Emergency Hurricane Assistance, Funds Our Military and Keeps National Parks Open

Posted on September 7, 2017

United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Senate’s vote to provide $15.25 billion for emergency hurricane assistance, and fund the federal government and suspend the debt limit through December 8, 2017:

 

“The Senate-passed bill provides much-needed emergency relief to those who have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The bill funds the federal government—which means funding our troops, like those serving at Fort Campbell, and keeping the Great Smoky Mountains National Park open and not hurting the small businesses that count on visitors to the Smokies. The bill also prevents the nation from defaulting on its debt. Congress has lots of issues on our plate for the coming weeks, including helping the 350,000 Tennesseans in the individual insurance market and starting work on tax reform.”

 

The United States Senate today passed legislation to provide emergency assistance for Hurricane Harvey recovery and Hurricane Irma preparedness, and fund the federal government and suspend the debt limit through December 8, 2017, by a vote of 80-17. The legislation must now be considered by the House of Representatives.