First Harvey aid package for immediate needs, not long-term recovery
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Congress is expected to vote tomorrow on a $7.8 billion package for aid to those hit by Hurricane Harvey. It’s a first round of funding that almost entirely goes to shoring up FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund. That money helps reimburse local search and rescue efforts, and clean up and re-open some public services like schools or police stations. It will also go to individuals for immediate assistance for buying food or paying for temporary housing. A longer-term recovery package will likely be much bigger, and take months to put together.
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