Ernst votes against raising debt ceiling for Harvey aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KCRG-TV9) -- The U.S. Senate passed a more than $15 billion aid package for hurricane relief Thursday.

That nearly doubles President Trump's emergency request. It's part of the deal between the president and Democratic leaders to temporarily fund the government and extend the nation's debt ceiling.

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst voted against the legislation.

"Here we have these millions of people that have been affected by this current storm and future storm and they're getting thrown in with everything else. So I think it is a bad way of doing business," Sen. Ernst said.

Extending the debt ceiling would prevent a government shut down on October first.

The legislation now goes to the House for a vote on Friday. If the House approves, it would then go to the president.