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Texas governor says $8B Harvey relief is only a 'down-payment'

Texas governor says $8B Harvey relief is only a 'down-payment'”

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said Sunday on NBC News' "Meet the Press" that "in the intel committee that I serve on, I think it doesn't disclose anything to say that in the previous year [North Korea] has probably been the No. 1 topic month after month - what was happening there, what are we going to do about it - and I hope the neighborhood understands how critical this is".

"No I can't, quite the contrary", Mnuchin said.

House Republican leaders plan to vote this week on Trump's request in initial disaster relief funding but they don't plan to include a debt-limit increase in the legislation, two GOP congressional aides said before Mulvaney's letter was sent. Republican lawmakers, who control both houses of Congress, have traditionally resisted raising the debt ceiling, but linking the issue to Harvey aid could force their hand with people suffering and large areas of the fourth-largest US city under water.

"Katrina caused if I recall more than $120 billion but when you look at the number of homes and business affected by this I think this will cost well over $120 billion, probably $150 to $180 billion", Abbott told Fox News, adding, "this is far larger than Hurricane Sandy". In fact, the nation's debt limit has already technically been reached but the Treasury Department is using numerous accounting measures to pay the bills.

"Our first priority is to make sure that the state gets money", Mnuchin also said Sunday.

But on Sunday, he said that deadline had moved up due to unexpected new spending on Harvey.

Republican leaders have promised that the debt ceiling will be raised in time.

"So we need to put politics aside and we're going to be urging Congress to get both of those things done as quickly as they can", Mnuchin said. On Sunday, he said a higher debt limit should be linked to Hurricane Harvey relief funding. If Congress does not come to an agreement on raising the ceiling, it could lead to a government shutdown and potentially destroy America's credit rating, setting off an unprecedented financial crisis. "Given the interplay between all the issues Congress must tackle in September, Democrats and Republicans must discuss all the issues together and come up with a bipartisan consensus", House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.

But Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said his city was making progress on several fronts, resuming city services and helping get people into housing and out of emergency shelters. We're having to make decisions on what we do day by day. Karen Waltmon, 58, who was returning to her home in one of the neighborhoods, said she wondered if parts of the city would have to be razed.



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