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Senate presses ahead on $36.5 billion disaster relief package

People affected by Hurricane Maria fill up water jugs from a mountain drain near the municipality of Morovis, outside San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 10, 2017.

Shannon Stapleton | Reuters

People affected by Hurricane Maria fill up water jugs from a mountain drain near the municipality of Morovis, outside San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 10, 2017.

The Senate is pushing ahead on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would give Puerto Rico a much-needed infusion of cash.

The measure also would replenish rapidly dwindling emergency disaster accounts and provide $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood insurance program to pay an influx of Harvey-related claims. But it rejects requests from the powerful Texas and Florida congressional delegations for additional money to rebuild after hurricanes Harvey and…

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