ST. THOMAS — Senators approved an anticipated $300 million loan from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday.

Many senators decried a condition that has put the repayment of the FEMA money on par with repayment of other loans the government has taken out. In financial jargon, FEMA declined to take a subordinate lien, meaning that in the event of a default by the government, FEMA will be among the government’s top creditors that have to be paid.

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