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White House requests $29B disaster aid package

1 year 2 months 1 week ago Wednesday, October 04 2017 Oct 4, 2017 October 04, 2017 5:54 PM October 04, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The White House has asked Congress for $29 billion in disaster aid to cover ongoing hurricane relief and recovery efforts and to pay federal flood insurance claims.
  
The request comes as the government is spending almost $200 million a day for emergency hurricane response and faces a surge in flood claims for federally insured homes and businesses slammed by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
  
The proposal would provide $16 billion to pay those flood claims.
  
Another $13 billion is being requested for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Federal firefighting accounts would receive $577 million as well after a disastrous season of Western wildfires.
  
Congress last month approved a $15.3 billion aid package that combined community development block grant rebuilding funds with emergency money for cleanup, repair and housing.

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