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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 Thursday afternoon.

The bill, which also includes a number of health programs, extends the FAA’s authority for six months. The House approved the Senate changes, and the bill now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk.

Members of the recently formed Texas Bipartisan Harvey Task Force said the tax relief measures are one of several steps Congress is taking to help Texas and other states recover from the storms.

Earlier this month, Congress approved $15.3 billion in federal disaster aid. Lawmakers indicated another disaster relief package is expected next month.

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“For the hundreds of thousands of families living in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria, we’re here today to say that relief is on the way,” said House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, who shepherded the tax changes.

Earlier this week, House Democrats blocked the measure under rules that require two-thirds of the chamber to support it because of proposed changes to the beleaguered flood program — championed by Dallas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee — and concerns that the hurricane relief measures didn’t go far enough.

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On Thursday, Houston-area and South Texas Democratic Reps. Al Green, Gene Green, Sheila Jackson Lee, Henry Cuellar, Filemon Vela and Vicente Gonzalez all voted in favor of the bill. Texas Republicans uniformly supported it. 

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“This is another down payment,” Al Green said. “There is much more to be done.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.