Trump asks US Congress for $7.85bn for initial Harvey relief efforts

Trump asks US Congress for $7.85bn for initial Harvey relief efforts

Trump asks US Congress for $7.85bn for initial Harvey relief efforts

President Donald Trump speaks to a crowd outside of the Annaville Fire House in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Tuesday, as first lady Melania Trump stands beside him.

Estimates of the size of a Hurricane Harvey aid package for Texas and Louisiana rose on Thursday, with one proposal being drafted for $150 billion, while the White House promised to make a request for funding soon to Congress. "The Disaster Relief Fund - which really provides the money for these events that you don't plan for, but that you prepare for - those things will be all well-funded".

A House floor schedule for next week circulated by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., indicated that there will be a vote on disaster aid but did not specify when. Larger future installments will be required.

He praised the work of various officials and motioned for Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long: "Brock, come here a minute, Brock".

Unlike Trump, who was a prominent business mogul and reality television star before his election, Pence had plenty of hands-on experience with disaster relief in his time as in governor.

That's according to a senior House Republican who spoke on condition of anonymity because deliberations were private. Later in the press briefing, Sanders was asked if the money will come directly from Trump, as opposed to the Trump organization or the Trump Foundation.

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"We'll go up to Congress and give them a sound supplemental request number". "But we will. We signed some very big authorizations last night, and we'll get it through".

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Sports have helped other cities rebound from catastrophe, such as when the New York Mets played the first baseball game in their damaged city 10 days after the attacks of September 11, 2001, or when the New Orleans Saints returned to the Superdome in 2006 for football a year after Hurricane Katrina.

Houston Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has already said it could take an aid package of $150 billion to handle the disaster.

In 2013, relief funds after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast were initially stalled as Republicans tried to require offsetting cuts elsewhere.

Katrina aid started with a noncontroversial infusion, followed by considerable wrangling between lawmakers from affected states and more budget-conscious lawmakers.

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Those numbers seem likely to increase.

Another concern is that the government's cash reserves are running low since the nation's debt limit has been reached and the Treasury Department is using accounting measures to cover expenses.

"In terms of when it's going to hit the debt ceiling, there could be some impact of a couple of days, but that would be the most", he said in an interview on CNBC.

Lawmakers could tie disaster relief money to other, less popular bills.

President Trump will return to the region on Saturday, while the administration is expected to appeal to Congress to greenlight an initial $5.9 billion ($7.4b AUD) in emergency relief funding.

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