Carlos Barria | Reuters
President Donald Trump holds a flag of the state of Texas after receiving a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts at a local fire station where residents gathered to welcome the president in Corpus Christi, Texas, August 29, 2017.
A senior administration official says President Donald Trump has prepared a request to Congress for an initial $5.9 billion package in Harvey recovery aid.
The official says the White House proposal, which is not final, would make sure there’s plenty of money available for immediate recovery efforts over the next several weeks. 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.
House GOP leaders have signaled they are aiming to act fast on Harvey aid and a vote is likely next week. Much larger future installments will be required but the initial package, to replenish Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster coffers through Sept. 30, shouldn’t be controversial.