Senator Johanns says he remains confident Congress will approve emergency aid to help the country recover from numerous natural disasters even though the House rejected a bill that would do just that.
Johanns says many factors contributed to the defeat of a bill that would keep the government running past the end of the federal fiscal year September 30th as well as provide $3 billion in federal emergency relief.
“At some point, the House and the Senate need to sync up on the same bill that hopefully gets to the president for signature,” according to Johanns. “But, right now, everything is very much in a state of flux.”
The defeat came unexpectedly and sent House leaders scrambling to put together the votes needed to approve a measure and send it to the Senate. All three of Nebraska’s members of Congress voted for the measure. The Senate earlier approved a bill totaling $7 billion. The House measure would have provided enough funding to keep the federal government running through the end of the federal fiscal year September 30th. It also would have provided $3 billion in emergency relief for those impacted by this year’s natural disasters, including Nebraskans trying to recover from flooding.