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Trump promises federal aid to storm-ravaged Texas

August 29, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has promised federal assistance to storm-ravaged parts of Texas, insisting Congress will act swiftly on a multibillion-dollar Hurricane Harvey recovery package. The government has signaled that current funds will be exhausted in the next few weeks.

The president says existing disaster balances of more than $3 billion are sufficient for the immediate emergency but promised his administration will send lawmakers a request for far more to help Texas rebuild from the record storm. Catastrophic flooding has hit Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city.

House Speaker Paul Ryan promised through a spokeswoman that “we will help those affected by this terrible disaster.”

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