Republicans Introduce Bill for White House Hurricane Relief Funding

The House Appropriations Committee has introduced a new legislation corresponding to the President Donald Trump’s initial request for relief funding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, The Hill reports.

“Families and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey have a long road ahead, and the House will be with them every step of the way,” Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement.

Ryan added that “the president has made clear Texas and Louisiana will have the resources they need, and this package is our first step of keeping that promise.”

The legislation matches the initial $7.85 billion requested by President Trump, including $7.4 billion for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund (DRF).

“These funds are needed, and they are needed now. I expect the House to move rapidly to approve the assistance.” House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said.

According to Politico, releasing the text of the legislation so soon enables lawmakers to vote on the bill as soon as they return to Congress from their summer recess.

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