The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to authorize nearly $8 billion in aid funding to respond to Hurricane Harvey.
With the 419-3 vote, the House for now avoids a politically contentious link to raising the debt ceiling, but the bill now goes to the Senate, which is expected to pair the measures. If the Senate passes the bill, it will head back to the House later in the week for final passage.
Attaching the often messy debt limit increase to the largely uncontroversial aid package boosts its chances of passing in a Republican-controlled Congress. Lawmakers face an end of September deadline to increase the debt ceiling and avoid risking a default on the national debt.