Trump seeks $7.85 billion 'down payment' for Hurricane Harvey relief

Flooded homes are shown near Lake Houston following Hurricane Harvey

W.House calls for emergency funds as Harvey hits 100000 homes

"These additional Federal resources would enable the affected States to address disaster response and immediate recovery needs in the areas most affected by Hurricane Harvey, said White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan".

President Donald Trump may have managed to act somewhat more presidential on his Saturday trip to Houston, TX to meet with survivors of Hurricane Harvey, but he couldn't resist a sideways remark at the press about a long-running gripe.

On Saturday, the president is expected to touch down at Houston's Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base and then move on to flood-affected areas in Lake Charles, La.

Flooding and damage was visible from the air before landing, according to pool reporters traveling with the President on Air Force One.

"As tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing, I think, even for the country to watch".

When the president visited Corpus Christi and Austin on Tuesday, he did not meet with victims, according to The Associated Press.

"You can be as empathetic as you want but if your administration isn't seen as competent in dealing with the problem, it's not going to help you", Smith said. Meanwhile, the agency's director has predicted FEMA will be working in Texas "for years". "What a job you've done!"

Trump was in Texas earlier in the week, too, and he says he saw "a spirit of love, determination and resolve". Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

In Beaumont, a city of 118,000 east of Houston, officials said Saturday they were on the cusp of ending a three-day tap water outage that forced a hospital to evacuate its patients. "Today it's all swept up and cleaned up".

Trump is scheduled to meet Tuesday with Ryan, McConnell and the Democratic leaders of the both congressional chambers - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.

Oklahoma gas prices holding steady in wake of Harvey
If you're traveling over the Labor Day weekend , you might want to stop and fill up your gas tank before prices rise any higher. Many companies, like Chevron, have been forced to raises gas prices because Hurricane Harvey shut down a major fuel pipeline.

Multiple outlets note that while some Republicans have been against raising the debt ceiling in the past, many are on board now because of the need for Harvey relief.

The congressional efforts would begin with a separate appropriations bill that would send roughly $7.4 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $450 million to finance disaster loans for small businesses.

Mr Abbott warned it could take years for Texas to "dig out from this catastrophe" while, despite claiming the state is "healing fast", Mr Trump added there is "still so much to do".

After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, $5.8 billion in individual assistance money was given to almost 916,000 people affected by those storms.

But the request is essentially just a down payment on a tab that will very likely be billions more.

The debt ceiling is the maximum amount the government can legally borrow. Sanders said she would "assume" the money comes from the president's personal funding, as that is how he phrased it.

But, as is often the case in Washington, a funding fight may be inevitable.

Trump, despite threatening a government shutdown over the wall if it's not funded by September 30, has pulled back.

"There's a lot of water, but it's moving out".

In addition to Abbott and the first lady, Trump was accompanied by U.S. Sen.

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