The White House Is Planning a $29 Billion Disaster Aid Package

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(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration is finalizing a $ 29 billion disaster aid request that combines $ 16 billion to shore up the government-backed flood insurance program and almost $ 13 billion in new relief for hurricane victims.

That’s the word from a senior administration official and top Capitol Hill aides.

The government-guaranteed flood insurance program is maxing out on a $ 30 billion line of credit from Treasury. The upcoming proposal would erase $ 16 billion of that debt to permit the program to pay claims from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Another $ 13 billion is being requested for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief operations.

The request is expected on Capitol Hill as early as Wednesday.

The officials required anonymity because the $ 29 billion request is being finalized and is not yet public.

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