Sen. Tom Carper released a statement Sept. 8 after voting to approve a short-term spending bill that will keep the federal government funded through Dec. 8, 2017.

The legislation, which included a debt-ceiling increase, also included more than $15 billion in disaster relief for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

“Today, by voting to keep the federal government open for business through mid-December and to provide disaster relief to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Senate did its job,” Carper said.

“Just days after watching disaster and tragedy unfold in Texas, where Houston and its surrounding communities were inundated with historic rainfall and flooding, millions more of our fellow Americans are now bracing for a monstrous storm to tear into our shores,” Carper said. “Delaware is no stranger to flooding and hurricanes, and over the years we’ve needed help on the long road to recovery after disaster strikes. Now the shoe is on the other foot. The disaster funding approved by the Senate today will support the lifesaving relief and recovery efforts for those impacted by Harvey and for those currently in Irma’s path. It’s the right thing to do, and I hope the House of Representatives will put politics aside, put country first and proceed quickly to get this bill to the president’s desk.”