WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has sent lawmakers a $7.9 billion request for an initial down payment for Harvey relief and recovery efforts.
The request, expected to be swiftly approved by Congress, would add $7.4 billion to rapidly dwindling Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster aid coffers and $450 million to finance disaster loans for small businesses.
The initial Harvey package is just the first installment for immediate disaster response like housing assistance, cleanup and FEMA-financed home repairs. The White House says more than 436,000 households have registered for FEMA aid.
The request also reiterates the need for Congress to increase the government’s $19.9 trillion borrowing limit by the end of this month. Republicans are signaling that they may link the unpopular debt limit increase to Harvey relief.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) released the following statement September 1st 2017 regarding the Trump administration’s initial request for supplemental appropriations to support Hurricane Harvey-related response and relief efforts:
“Our committee is prepared to do its part to make resources available to those affected by Hurricane Harvey through the Disaster Relief Fund and other federal channels. These actions will support the commendable efforts of first responders, relief workers and volunteers.
“The Senate Appropriations Committee will move swiftly to consider requests for relief funding as it receives them.”
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