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House OKs $36.5 billion disaster relief bill

by Evan Wilt
Posted 10/12/17, 04:18 pm

WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives easily passed a bill Thursday to send $36.5 billion in aid to the many U.S. communities recovering from natural disasters. The spending package passed 353-69, with all “no” votes coming from Republicans concerned about running up a tab for disaster aid without carving out offsets. The funds include $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, $16 billion to pay down the National Flood Insurance Program’s debt, and $1.27 billion for disaster food assistance for Puerto Rico.

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Trumps, Pence visit storm-ravaged Florida

by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/14/17, 12:21 pm

President Donald Trump flew to Florida on Thursday morning to survey Irma cleanup efforts and encourage victims of the storm’s destruction. Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence met Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Marco Rubio in Fort Myers, which sustained heavy damage during the massive storm that came ashore Sunday and Monday. They also planned to visit nearby Naples. Much of the state remains without power as temperatures climb into the 90s.

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Death toll at Florida nursing home now at eight

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 9/13/17, 03:54 pm

UPDATE: The number of deaths at a Florida nursing home rose to eight on Wednesday afternoon. Emergency workers found three residents dead when they arrived at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills early Wednesday morning, but another five have since died at the hospital or on the way. Hurricane Irma knocked out a transformer that powered the center’s air conditioner. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has called for an investigation into the “unfathomable” situation. “I am demanding answers,” he tweeted.

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