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The Senate has approved the first wave of disaster aid – a $15.3bn relief package – to the region devastated by Hurricane Harvey as part of surprise deal struck between Donald Trump and Democratic leadership yesterday signaling a palpable, if perhaps temporary, change of tone from the White House and irking many in the GOP.

The bill to help recovery in Texas – and particularly the area around Houston – would also temporarily raise the US federal borrowing limit and keep the government running for the next three more months.

The agreement passed by 80 votes to 17 today and defuses the looming threat of a government shutdown for at least three more months.

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