Donald Trump asks congress for $5.9bn to help Hurricane Harvey victims


Evening Standard
Sept 1, 2017

President Donald Trump will ask US Congress for $5.9 billion (£4.56bn) in emergency aid to help the devastated victims of Hurricane Harvey.

But the figure falls way short of the $125 billion (£97bn) that Texas Governor Greg Abbott insists the storm-ravaged state needs to get back on its feet.

In spite of the shortfall – that could lead to serious delays in repairing the swathe of destruction the hurricane and subsequent floods caused in Texas and Louisiana – Vice President Mike Pence told victims yesterday: “The American people are with you.”

“We will be here every day until this city and this state and this region rebuild bigger and better than ever before,” he added during a trip to Texas on Thursday.

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This article was posted: Friday, September 1, 2017 at 7:11 am

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