Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

White House: Trump pledges $1M to Harvey relief

White House: Trump pledges $1M to Harvey relief

Some lawmakers, including the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a close ally of Trump's, have said Harvey relief aid must be approved by Congress in a separate vote from a bill to raise the US debt ceiling.

A second Republican congressional aide with direct knowledge of White House-Hill talks confirmed the size of the first Harvey request will be around $6 billion.

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

Bossert said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has the resources it needs for immediate relief efforts but the agency is burning through its Disaster Relief Fund at a high rate.

Mulvaney also warned that relief efforts in areas hit by Harvey could be affected if Congress does not increase the federal budget's debt ceiling.

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The Category 5 storm is now lurking near Caribbean islands like Antigua and Barbuda with near-record 185 miles per hour winds. Thankfully, Hurricane Irma is still a ways off the Florida coast, and isn't expected to impact the event.

Visiting with victims on Thursday in Texas, Vice President Mike Pence urged speedy action but didn't specify a timeline, saying, "we expect Congress to move quickly on the initial legislation and we " ll be working very diligently in the opening weeks of Congress to accomplish that. Trump was in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Wednesday to meet officials.

Sanders went on to add Trump will "pledge, proudly, $1 million of his own personal money to help the people of both Texas and Louisiana", reports ABC News.

One interesting aspect of this is that the House will actually consider a $876 million cut from FEMA's disaster relief accounts to help fund Trump's promised U.S. -Mexico border wall.

Announcing the donation to reporters, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr Trump was open to suggestions on which organisation to give the money to.

"I don't know the legal part of exactly that, but he said his personal money so I would assume" that comes from him directly, Sanders said of the president's pledged donation.

US news reports say President Donald Trump could decide as early as Friday whether to end the Obama administration policy that protects children of undocumented immigrants who entered the United States illegally.

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