Texas Gov. Greg Abbott warned Sunday that the $8 billion earmarked by the White House for Harvey relief would be only a “down payment’’ on the total expected $180 billion bill.
“This is where the long haul begins,” Abbott said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“This is where we come to the part where Congress plays a role.”
Congress must still approve the aid package — and raise the country’s debt ceiling along with it, said US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
Mnuchin had previously said Congress would have to increase the country’s spending limit by the end of September but acknowledged Sunday that Tropical Storm Harvey changed the time frame.
“It has moved the situation up earlier. Without raising the debt limit, I’m not confident we will get the money we need this month to Texas to rebuild,” Mnuchin told Fox.
“Our first priority is to make sure the state gets money . . . So we need to put politics aside and we are going to be urging Congress to get both of those things done as quickly as they can.”