White House requests $29B disaster aid package

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close Bryan Llenas reports.

Hurricanes test American Red Cross disaster response

Bryan Llenas reports.

The Trump administration Wednesday asked Congress for $29 billion in disaster aid for ongoing hurricane relief and recovery efforts and to pay federal flood insurance claims.

The request comes as the government is spending almost $200 million a day for emergency hurricane response and faces a surge in flood claims for federally insured homes and businesses slammed by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The proposal would provide $16 billion to pay those flood claims.

Another $13 billion is being requested for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Federal firefighting accounts would receive $577 million as well after a disastrous season of Western wildfires.

Congress last month approved a $15.3 billion aid package that combined community development block grant rebuilding funds with emergency money for cleanup, repair and housing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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