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Harvey aid passes, government shutdown avoided with Senate decision

Posted: 12:10 PM, Sep 07, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-07 19:10:20Z

(KGTV/AP) -- The Senate passed a $15.3 billion Harvey aid package Thursday and prevented a government shutdown.

The Harvey aid is the first installment to help Texas communities rebuild after the hurricane. It also prepares for expected damage from Hurricane Irma.

The legislation also includes a short-term increase in the government's borrowing authority.