Updated 4:31 p.m. with bill passing in the Senate
The Senate has approved a $7 billion bill to replenish nearly empty federal disaster aid accounts. The vote was 62-37.
The legislation still faces opposition from Republicans controlling the House. They promise action on a competing plan in the House next week that would provide $3.7 billion in disaster aid.
The House measure is attached to a bill needed to avert a government shutdown, and that may give Republicans an edge in the partisan dispute.