Houston floods: White House seeks disaster aid from Congress

No Mention of the Victims, But 'What a Turnout!' Trump Declares in Texas

President Donald Trump has sent lawmakers an initial request for a $7.9 billion down payment toward Harvey relief and recovery efforts.

The remainder of the emergency funding request, about $450 million, will go to the Small Business Administration, which is doling out disaster recovery loans to homes and businesses damaged by the storm.

The relief package, about $2 billion more than the White House projected Thursday, is only the first installment of what will be much more federal aid for the region hit by massive floods.

The White House hadn't released any more details as of Friday afternoon.

On Tuesday, President Trump visited affected areas in Corpus Christi, Texas, telling rescue workers the flooding was of "epic proportion".

The White House pushed back against President Donald Trump's historically low job approval numbers during Friday's press briefing. The White House is shopping the measure to key Republicans, who may press for more.

House GOP leaders have signaled they are aiming to act fast on Harvey aid.

The call Wednesday night included officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the aide said.

Trump promised swift action to approve disaster relief funding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Undocumented immigrants needing help in impacted areas should not be anxious about being deported "unless they have committed a crime" above and beyond entering the country, Bossert said, promising no one will "starve or die of thirst or exposure".

"Certainly not silly polls that, frankly, weren't much use to us in the election, and I don't think are now".

"He is pledging a million dollars of his personal money", Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a Thursday afternoon press conference.

The White House is expected to ask Congress for around $5.9 billion in emergency aid in the wake of mega storm Harvey, which left swaths of Texas and Louisiana inundated, a USA government official told AFP.

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