House approves first $7.9 billion for Harvey disaster relief

07 September, 2017, 02:02 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Trump coming to Houston today to tour Harvey aftermath

The House will vote Wednesday to approve almost $8 billion in Hurricane Harvey relief funds, days after President Trump requested $7.85 billion from Congress in immediate supplemental aid.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) expressed outrage Wednesday at the notion that Democrats would attempt to protect hundreds of thousands of DACA beneficiaries in an upcoming vote on the debt ceiling, warning that they should not "play politics" as the nation deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and prepares for Hurricane Irma.

Democrats are offering to support the Senate bill as long as the debt ceiling increase is only for three months.

Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday that he'd reached an agreement with congressional leaders to raise the debt ceiling, provide disaster relief funding and pass a short-term spending bill.

"I'm not surprised that the White House is trying to use the Harvey relief package to get a debt ceiling increase through", said Romina Boccia, deputy director for economic policy at the Heritage Foundation.

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The government's response to Harvey is draining existing disaster reserves, with Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster accounts hovering at $1 billion or less.

"We've got a lot of busy things happening here", McCarthy said.

Mnuchin said on Fox News Sunday that if Congress appropriates the money, there must be enough available to cover the Harvey aid.

Senate leaders insisted both moves are immediately necessary for the recovery effort, since an increase in the debt ceiling is needed by the end of the month. "We have no excuse why we can't do it now with Republican leadership".

"These are the president's immediate priorities: Pass disaster relief".

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Mark Meadows, head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, issued a similar warning last week. "If we resort to just kicking the can down the road on the debt, it only shows that Republicans do not take the problem of our $20 trillion debt seriously". "Many Republicans simply won't vote to increase the limit without cuts elsewhere in government spending".

The Senate is expected to attach the money to a debt-limit vote later this week.

"If the debt ceiling is not raised, it may not be possible to outlay the requested supplemental appropriations or funds for other critical government operations", he wrote Friday night in a letter to Ryan.

Politics has gotten to the point that I literally don't understand it anymore. But several leading Republicans on the right of the House GOP conference are loudly complaining about the expected strategy to tie the increase to the debt limit to the disaster relief legislation. That will strand the aid that we need to bring to the victims of these storms that have occurred or are about to occur and then also want to threaten default on our debt.

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