Ryan Says Additional Disaster Relief Bills Expected To Be Taken Up Next Month

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said the lower chamber will likely take up additional disaster relief bills as soon as October while surveying Hurricane Harvey damage in the Houston area Thursday.

GOP Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen and GOP Texas Rep. John Carter joined Ryan on his visit to assess the level of devastation.

The speaker said they anticipate the White House to provide information on the funding levels needed to help the areas affected rebuild.

“We’re waiting for an estimate from the Trump administration on what’s needed in Congress, and we’ll act on that request, I anticipate, sometime in October,” Ryan said, according to CNBC.

According to Ryan, lawmakers need to take action to try and prevent the level of damage caused by last month’s storm.

“The bigger picture, whether it’s bayous or levies, that’s something we’re going to need to have a bigger conversation about, to make sure we can guard against this happening again,” he continued. “Just flying over Houston, the devastation is something that none of us have ever seen in our lives. This is an unprecedented disaster that will require a very bold response at all levels of government.”

President Donald Trump signed a bill providing $15 billion in relief aid to help with initial recovery efforts.


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