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.