WASHINGTON — Several Texas lawmakers are hailing the passage of a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration that will also deliver tax relief for those affected by devastating recent hurricanes.
The measure first cleared the House on Thursday by a 264 to 155 vote, mostly along party lines, though several Texas Democrats broke with their party to vote in favor of a bill they say will help victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
It faced brief opposition in the Senate, largely over an entirely separate provision tucked into the bill intended to spur private insurers to enter the flood insurance market. But facing a Sept. 30 deadline to pass a reauthorization, senators agreed to strike the flood insurance language from the bill in order to ease its passage on Thursday afternoon.
The bill, which also includes a number of health programs, extends the FAA’s authority for six months. After the House approved the Senate changes in a voice vote, the bill now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk.