White House seeks emergency Congress funding for Texas

White House seeks emergency Congress funding for Texas

White House seeks emergency Congress funding for Texas

The White House also announced that President Trump would personally donate one million dollars to the recovery effort.

President Donald Trump's hiring and budget plans are raising questions about whether he can deliver the "better-than-ever" recovery he's promised after Hurricane Harvey.

Pence said 311,000 people had registered for disaster assistance, and that he hoped for bipartisan support in Congress for the funding request.

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The government's cash reserves are running low since the nation's debt limit has actually already been reached, and the Treasury Department is using various accounting measures to cover expenses. Congress must act by September 29 to increase the United States' $19.9 trillion debt limit, in order to permit the government to continue borrowing money to pay bills like Social Security and interest.

House GOP leaders have signaled they are aiming to act fast on Harvey aid and a vote is likely next week.

Estimates on the amount of the Harvey aid varied widely, ranging from $50 billion to €150 billion. Much larger future installments will be required but the initial package, to replenish Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster coffers through September 30, shouldn't be controversial.

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Meadows told the Post, "We're going to fund Harvey relief without a doubt, but I think it just sends the wrong message when you start attaching it to the debt ceiling".

While the details are still unknown, USA taxpayers are likely to face a bill for Harvey near the $110.2 billion for 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

The White House will ask Congress for emergency funding to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The final rebuilding package would be far larger and is likely by year's end.

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Homes are surrounded by floodwater after torrential rains pounded Southeast Texas following Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey on August 31, 2017 near Sugar Land, Texas.

"It's going to take us time until we know the full scope of it", Ryan said of Harvey's toll. Superstorm Sandy in 2012 was followed by a $54 billion federal relief effort. He said a storm the size of Harvey is unprecedented, and because of that it "deserves and requires federal response".

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