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.
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