WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal lawmakers reached an agreement last night to break a deadlock over disaster relief funding and avoid a potential government shutdown.
The Senate approved a compromise 79-12 that provides less money for disaster relief than Democrats wanted, but avoids cuts to a loan program intended to promote the production of energy-efficient vehicles that Republicans had called for.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency paved the way for the agreement when it said that it had enough money to make it through this week, which ends the current fiscal year. The Senate agreement, which the House is expected to ratify, will authorize funding that will allow the government to run until Nov. 18.
“Tonight, we rejected the idea that we should be forced to choose between American jobs and disaster relief, and forged an agreement that will provide suffering Americans from Missouri to Vermont the resources they need to piece their lives back together,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
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