Providing emergency funding to Texas is “yet another must-do item for Congress in September,” said Ed Kilgore in NYMag.com. But it could be a blessing in disguise. Houston’s devastation has changed the mood in Washington, and Republican leaders are thinking about folding a disaster response bill into a larger measure that would fund the government and raise the debt ceiling. That would likely force President Trump to back down from his threat to shut down the government if he doesn’t receive funding for his border wall. Conservative deficit hawks may also lose their stomach for blocking the debt-ceiling hike if it’s tied to disaster funding. “The dark skies over Houston” may have brightened prospects that Washington will keep the federal government funded and operating.