Politics Trump to request for more disaster relief funds this week: report

16:26  02 october  2017
16:26  02 october  2017 Source:   thehill.com

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The Trump administration will reportedly ask Congress this week for more relief funds after hurricanes devastated parts of the U.S. The administration plans to request that Congress approve billion to billion for the FEMA disaster relief fund , Politico reported .

FEMA considers many factors for disaster relief , including the severity of damage and cost, Gerston said. If this is a request for money, Trump should insist it come from Brown’s immigration support and global warming funds , and no more speculative train spending.

Trump to request for more disaster relief funds this week: report © Provided by The Hill Trump to request for more disaster relief funds this week: report The Trump administration will reportedly ask Congress this week for more relief funds after hurricanes devastated parts of the U.S.

The administration plans to request that Congress approve $10 billion to $15 billion for the FEMA disaster relief fund, Politico reported.

The funding request would go toward relief for areas including Puerto Rico, according to Politico.

The request comes as President Trump faces backlash over his administration's response to the devastation on the island.

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SCOOP: MORE DISASTER MONEY -- The Trump administration will ask Congress to approve another between billion and billion for the FEMA disaster relief fund this week , according to sources with knowledge of the request .

The Trump administration on Wednesday asked U.S. lawmakers to approve billion in disaster relief funds to assist victims of 31 and earlier this week had about billion on hand. House Speaker Paul Ryan said “ more is clearly needed, and this funding request will help meet that need.”

Trump has defended the response and took to Twitter over the weekend to attack the mayor of San Juan, who criticized the federal response in an emotional plea for help.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that people are starting to recognize the "amazing work that has been done" by the military and FEMA in Puerto Rico. He also thanked the governor of Puerto Rico and those working closely with the first responders.

Many residents in Puerto Rico are still without basic necessities, such as food, water and electricity.

Trump was expected to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday, but White House officials said early Monday that his trip is under review after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Texas and Florida were also devastated by recent hurricanes.

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House prepares another $36 billion in disaster aid .
<p>The House is preparing to take up a $36.5 billion disaster aid package to help states and U.S. territories hard hit by recent hurricanes and wildfires.</p>WASHINGTON — The House is preparing to take up a $36.5 billion disaster aid package to help states and U.S. territories hard hit by recent hurricanes and wildfires.

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