While the southeastern section of the United States is preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Irma, Congress is taking action to provide disaster aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
In an overwhelming decision, the House passed $8 billion in disaster relief for those left to clean up after Harvey swept through last month. The 419 to 3 vote sent the aid package, the first of possibly several, to the Senate in hopes of sending the bill to President Donald Trump before dwindling federal disaster reserves run out the end of this week.
This aid is intended to replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s coffers, which were drained quickly by Harvey as Hurricane Irma barrels across the Caribbean and threatens Florida.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma is the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean with wind speeds clocking in near 185 miles an hour.
Tuesday evening, the Category 5 storm measured 785 miles wide, roughly the size of Texas.