Trump sends lawmakers request for $7.9 billion for Harvey recovery efforts

Trump in Texas

The Hill reported earlier Friday that the president was expected to ask for $5.5 billion for FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund and another $450 billion for a Small Business Administration program.

Trump used a similar "reporters decide" gimmick at the beginning of his administration, that time with his presidential salary, which he is declining to accept. Then-press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at a March briefing that Trump "has kindly asked you all determine where that goes". The White House is shopping the measure to key Republicans, who may press for more. The official was not authorized to release the information publicly before a final decision is made and spoke on condition of anonymity. The plan is still tentative, but the White House signaled it's on board with the idea.

Representative Mark Meadows, the Republican chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told the Washington Post that attaching Harvey aid to a debt-ceiling increase would be a "terrible idea. conflating two very different issues".

At the same briefing, White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said that damage estimates continue to grow, estimating now that 100,000 homes have been damaged by Harvey in Texas.

The president traveled to Corpus Christi and Austin on Tuesday.

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Trump says Hurricane Harvey's victims won't suffer alone.

He says, "I don't think there's going to be a lot of benefits going out to illegal immigrants".

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

An estimated 100K homes have been damaged in the hurricane that hit Texas on Friday, and 7K patients now are being moved from hospitals impacted by outages, he said, among the stats ticked off.

"We will be here every day until this city and this state and this region rebuild bigger and better than ever before", he said.

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