Politico reports House plans to announce $81 billion disaster aid package

Politico is reporting that the House plans to unveil an $81 billion disaster aid package – the largest single funding request for natural disasters in the history of the United States.

In November, the Office of Management and Budget released a $44 billion disaster relief funding proposal to aid Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The proposal was met with overwhelming criticism, with Gov. Abbott, who had requested $61 billion for Texas recovery alone, calling it “completely inadequate.”

Though Politico confirmed this $81 billion figure with several sources, they report that it is unclear if or when the aid package might be approved. They do, however, say that it may be used as a bargaining chip in avoiding a government shutdown.

“It’s unclear if Congress will approve the package before leaving Washington at week’s end. Lawmakers from storm-ravaged states, particularly Florida and Texas, have vowed to oppose this week’s short-term government funding bill if Congress doesn’t approve the aid before leaving town for Christmas.”