The Senate overwhelmingly approved disaster aid Thursday for Hurricane Harvey as part of a stopgap package President Trump negotiated with Democrats to fund the government and raise the nation's debt limit, days before the Federal Emergency Management Agency was expected to run out of money.
Senate passage, by an 80-17 vote, sends the measure to the House, where swift approval is expected Friday, staving off a looming fiscal crisis at month's end. Most Democrats voted in favor, with the no votes coming from Republicans.
The agreement, which drew protests from conservatives who were largely cut out of the deal, signals Trump's willingness to leave fellow Republicans behind. In siding with Democrats during a meeting Wednesday at the White House, Trump not only quickly dispensed with weeks of wrangling, he cracked open a strategy that could develop other deals, particularly on immigration to protect young "Dreamers" from deportations, a priority for both the president and many in Congress.