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

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.

FILE PHOTO: An aerial photo shows damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas, U.S., August 31, 2017. REUTERS/DroneBase

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

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