12:13 GMT +320 November 2019
Listen Live
    A boat sits near flooded homes in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.

    Trump Administration Asks Congress for $7.85Bln in Hurricane Harvey Relief Funds

    © AP Photo/ Gerald Herbert
    US
    Get short URL
    0 21
    Subscribe

    The US administration has asked Congress to unlock $7.85 billion in initial relief funding in the aftermath of the deadly hurricane that has ravaged the country’s southeast, according to a letter released Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "At this time, the Administration requests an appropriation of $7.85 billion in Federal resources for response and initial recovery efforts related to Hurricane Harvey," the letter addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan read.

    In the message, published by the NBC broadcaster, the White House estimated that high winds and widespread flooding from Hurricane Harvey had damaged over 100,000 homes and displaced more than 43,000 people in Texas and Louisiana.

    The requested funds would be used for life-saving response and recovery missions, initial house repair costs and provide low-interest loans to businesses and homeowners, it said.

    The broadcaster also cited the office of House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as saying late on Friday that the lower chamber would vote on the request for supplemental disaster relief next week.

    Related:

    Trump Administration to Request Hurricane Relief Funding 'Shortly' - White House
    Trump Expects Funding for Border Wall From US Congress - White House Aide
    'Building for a Better Syria': Why Reconstruction Funding Is Key
    Tags:
    funding, emergency relief, US Congress, Donald Trump, United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik