Ryan, McConnell vow to quickly approve Trump's Harvey aid request

Ryan, McConnell vow to quickly approve Trump's Harvey aid request
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials Democrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMattis warns 'ISIS will resurge' without U.S. pressure on Syria McConnell tightlipped as impeachment furor grows Hillicon Valley: Google, Reddit to testify on tech industry protections | Trump joins Amazon-owned Twitch | House to vote on bill to combat foreign interference MORE (R-Ky.) said Friday that Congress is poised to "act quickly" on a President Trump's request for a $7.85 billion down payment for disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

“Working closely with the President and the House of Representatives, the Senate stands ready to act quickly to provide this much-needed assistance to those impacted communities, and support first responders and volunteers,” McConnell said in a statement.


"As families & communities begin long recovery from Hurricane Harvey, House will act quickly on @POTUS request for emergency relief funding," Ryan wrote on Twitter.

White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyHillicon Valley: Trump official declines to testify on trade protections for tech | Senators call for better info-sharing on supply chain threats | Apple pulls app after Chinese pressure Overnight Energy: Dems subpoena Perry in impeachment inquiry | EPA to overhaul rules on lead contamination tests | Commerce staff wrote statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump Commerce staff drafted statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump's hurricane predictions MORE sent a letter to congressional leaders Friday night requesting an initial $7.4 billion for FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund, as well as an additional $450 million for a Small Business Administration program.

The White House letter also asks lawmakers to add $6.7 billion to a stopgap spending measure that must pass Congress by the end of the month in order to keep the government running.

The amount of the request from the White House exceeded what was previously anticipated.