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Thornberry Backs Hurricane Relief Package

U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted in favor of a relief package for Hurricane Harvey during Wednesday's session of the U.S. House.

In a 419-3 vote, Thornberry joined the entire Texas delegation in backing the relief package. The vote was bipartisan, earning support of both Republicans and Democrats.

The three votes against the package came from Representatives Justin Amash (R-Michigan), Andy Biggs (R-Arizona) and Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky). Eleven members of the U.S. House were not present for the vote.

Under the bill, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be provided about $7.4 billion for relief efforts related to Hurricane Harvey. $450 million will also go to the Small Business Administration, according to the Texas Tribune.

The United States Senate is expected to discuss a hurricane relief package in the coming weeks.

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