Congress waiting on damage estimate for Harvey

The Hill: Congressional appropriators are waiting for a final tally of the hurricane destruction in Texas and Louisiana before moving forward with an emergency assistance package that would cost tens of billions of dollars.

Torrential flooding has displaced thousands of residents and caused between $30 billion and $100 billion worth of damage, according to various estimates.

President Trump on Monday promised that Congress would appropriate additional federal aid to the region “very quickly” as the disaster is expected to deplete the resources of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in a matter of weeks.

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