White House plans to seek another $45 billion in hurricane aid

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 16, 2017 9:55 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House plans to ask the U.S. Congress on Friday for about $45 billion in additional aid for disaster relief to cover damage from hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida, a congressional aide said on late Thursday.

The request would be short of what some government officials say is needed.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello on Monday requested $94.4 billion from Congress to rebuild the island's infrastructure, housing, schools and hospitals devastated by Hurricane Maria.

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Last month, Congress approved $36.5 billion in emergency relief for Puerto Rico and other areas hit by recent disasters.

(Reporting by David ShepardsonEditing by Sandra Maler)