Trump requesting initial $6B in aid for Harvey
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President Trump plans to call for an initial $5.95 billion in emergency relief funding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, according to multiple reports Thursday.

Trump is considering attaching the disaster aid funding request to a measure increasing the U.S. debt limit, Bloomberg reported, citing two administration officials.

The request, which could reportedly come as early as Friday, would allocate $5.5 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the rest to the Small Business Administration.


White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Trump, Dems open drug price talks | FDA warns against infusing young people's blood | Facebook under scrutiny over health data | Harris says Medicare for all isn't socialism White House spokeswoman leaving to join PR firm Trump’s state of emergency declaration imperils defense budget MORE is calling lawmakers on Capitol Hill to support the funding, Axios reported.

The administration believes the funding would cover the hurricane recovery demands through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, Bloomberg reported.

The move is reportedly aimed at easing early passage of the measure to increase the debt limit and avoid a congressional standoff.

Some lawmakers, including the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, have called for Harvey relief aid to not be used as the vehicle for raising the debt ceiling.