Is Trump's $1 Million Pledge to Texas a Fraud?

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The White House is expected to seek much more money from Congress to respond to the damage caused by Harvey, but the $7.85 billion is an initial batch of funding that is needed for the immediate response, White House officials said.

President Donald Trump is signing a proclamation establishing Sunday as a day of prayer for those dealing with the aftermath of Harvey. "Our first priority is to make sure that the state gets money", he said.

"The Harvey relief would pass on its own, and to use that as a vehicle to get people to vote for a debt ceiling is not appropriate", Meadows told the Washington Post.

Can you speak to what the president and what his family have done regarding donations for Harvey relief personally?

Walker's comments come after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that Harvey aid and a debt-ceiling increase should be packaged together.

Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, but could bring some fiscal order to Washington where Republicans and Democrats will need to put political differences aside in order to approve spending to fix the damage from flooding in and around Houston. A leading option for congressional leaders has to address both issues in a bill to extend funding until mid-December through a so-called continuing resolution and raise the debt ceiling for some yet-to-be-determined period. King said the Flood Insurance Program must be renewed, especially after Harvey.

Asked about Trump's past threats to force a government shutdown if Congress does not also include his $1.6 billion request for a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border, Mnuchin said Harvey aid was Trump's "first objective right now".

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Trump's plan would make passage of a debt limit increase virtually certain, athough some Republicans are balking at the idea.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told Fox News on Monday the chamber will indeed vote Wednesday on the hurricane money.

The proposal has been met with sharp criticism from House Republicans, who have long advocated for spending cuts to be attached to debt ceiling legislation. Bossert said additional loss of life can be expected. At FEMA, Trump has proposed cutting the disaster relief budget by $667 million, targeting grants that help state and local governments prepare for national disasters.

"I don't think there's going to be a lot of benefits going out to illegal immigrants in terms of the American taxpayer", Bossert said.

Trump's aid request would add $7.4 billion to dwindling Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster aid coffers and $450 million to finance disaster loans for small businesses. The administration is preparing an emergency request for Congress for an initial $5.9 billion to replenish government reserves for relief aid. "So, we need to put politics aside".

More requests will follow from the Trump administration, with the fractious Republicans who control the House and the Senate determined to look capable of governing in a crisis.

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