The Politics of Disaster Relief

Top Lawmakers Call on Congress to Pass Disaster Relief Bill.

Key lawmakers started a push Monday for Congress to provide emergency disaster funds for Texas, as the scale of damage from Hurricane Harvey became apparent.

“We will need to put together an emergency supplemental appropriations bill,” Republican John Culberson, a senior member of the House spending panel who represents Houston, said in a Bloomberg Television interview. “No one could have ever predicted or expected a catastrophe of this magnitude to descend on the Houston area.”

Culberson was joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California in calling for a bill. Pelosi made clear that any bill should be exempt from budget caps that require offsetting spending cuts.ass-hurricane-relief-bill


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