Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that Congress will “act quickly” on President Donald Trump’s request for a $7.85 billion down payment for disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, The Hill reports.
“Working closely with the President and the House of Representatives, the Senate stands ready to act quickly to provide this much-needed assistance to those impacted communities, and support first responders and volunteers,” McConnell said in a statement.
“As families & communities begin long recovery from Hurricane Harvey, House will act quickly on @POTUS request for emergency relief funding,” Ryan tweeted.
The Hill writes that White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney sent a letter to congressional leaders Friday night requesting an initial $7.4 billion for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, as well as an additional $450 million for a Small Business Administration program. The White House letter also asks lawmakers to add $6.7 billion to a stopgap spending measure that must pass Congress by the end of the month in order to keep the government running.