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Senate approves $36.5 billion disaster relief package

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 82-17 to pass a $36.5 billion disaster aid package, which has already been approved by the House and is expected to be signed by President Trump.

The bill includes $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief program, $16 billion for the National Flood Insurance Program, nearly $600 million to fight wildfires, and funding for nutrition assistance to help low-income residents of Puerto Rico still reeling from Hurricane Maria. All of the "no" votes were from Republicans, who said they had issues with various parts of the legislation.