Senate eyes next week for disaster aid vote

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Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby expressed cautious optimism that a deal could be reached by next week. | Zach Gibson/Getty Images

The Senate is aiming for a vote next week on disaster aid, according to Senate aides.

A vote on the multibillion-dollar aid package, which has yet to be finalized, would make good on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s calls for the chamber to pass the deal by the Memorial Day recess.

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Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told reporters on Monday that both sides were still talking, and he expressed cautious optimism that a deal could be reached by next week.

“Next week is the week before a big break,” Shelby said. “I can’t predict what will happen, but I think something is either going to hit the floor dealing with that, or maybe we’ll all come to an agreement.”

He added that “right now it seems like we’re trying to come together” and that “generally something happens” the week before Memorial Day recess.

Another Republican senator reiterated on Monday that McConnell would like to have a vote before the recess.



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