The House Republicans have taken the first action toward endorsing and approving recovery aid for those people in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey turned tropical storm, introducing a bill on Sunday evening, September 3, that matches the White House’s $7.85 billion request.
Posting the bill so swiftly could enable Republican leaders to hold a vote on the emergency funding package as soon as the legislators return on Tuesday, September 5, from their months-long recess.
“These funds are needed, and they are needed now. I expect the House to move rapidly to approve this assistance,” House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said in a written statement on Sunday.
“It is clear that this recovery will be a long haul — and additional assistance will be necessary in the near future,” Frelinghuysen added.
The initiative includes the United States President Donald Trump administration’s request for $5.9 billion toward the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster fund, which is employed to reimburse individuals for things like short-term rental disbursements following disasters, and to fork out endowments to affected government institutions and certain nonprofit organizations.
So far, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has already paid out $37 million in family and individual assistance from that trust funding to help the affected citizens impacted by the hurricane. The initial Harvey aid package is just the first portion for immediate disaster response like housing assistance, cleanup and FEMA-financed house repairs.
The enactments also includes the GOP administration’s request for $450 million to support the Small Business Administration’s disaster loan program.