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Trump to pledge $1 million of his own money to Harvey disaster relief

  • 4:07 pm Thursday, August 31st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As the Trump Administration readied an initial request for disaster relief from the Congress to deal with the damage from Hurricane Harvey, the White House announced on Thursday afternoon that President Trump will pledge $1 million in his own personal funds to private relief efforts, as the damage numbers from the Texas Gulf Coast continued to escalate.

“As I said, he’ll pledge proudly $1 million of his own personal money to help the people of Texas and Louisiana,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

At the same briefing, White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said that damage estimates [More]

Before Harvey, Congress planned $876 million cut in FEMA disaster relief funds

  • 9:40 pm Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

If Hurricane Harvey had not ravaged the Gulf Coast of Texas in recent days, not many people might have noticed one detail in a proposed spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that was set for a vote after Labor Day in the U.S. House, which would have shifted $876 million in unused disaster relief money out of the budget for FEMA.

But now that the Federal Emergency Management Administration may need billions for disaster relief programs to deal with the damage from Harvey, that proposed cut may get reversed, as lawmakers get ready to not only fund the government [More]

Trump heads for Missouri as he hits the road to tout his push for tax reform

  • 5:00 am Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump goes Wednesday to Springfield, Missouri to accelerate his administration’s push for tax reform, amid ongoing questions as to whether Republicans in Congress can get something done in coming months on the subject, as lawmakers in both parties await the details of a GOP tax plan.

“We’re committed to passing the first major tax reform in over thirty years,” the President said to cheers last week at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona.

But on Capitol Hill, getting something done this year would be considered a long shot at best.

Where does tax reform stand at this point?

1. Don’t expect details today [More]

Trump says Harvey may be the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history

  • 5:32 pm Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

After seeing just a sample of the damage in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared that the storm may present the United States with the largest recovery cost ever from a tropical weather system, as flood waters continued to rise in the Houston metropolitan area, and more evidence arrived of severe storm damage up and down the Texas Gulf Coast.

“Probably there has never been anything so expensive in our country’s history,” Mr. Trump said in a briefing with Texas officials and members of Congress in the state capital of Austin. “There’s never been anything so [More]

Trump vows to make sure Texas recovery from Hurricane Harvey is done right

  • 3:08 pm Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Getting a first hand look at some of the storm damage from Hurricane Harvey, President Donald Trump on Tuesday tried to assure Texans that state and federal officials are doing all they can to help the Lone Star State deal with the aftermath of a tropical system that continued to drop record amounts of rain on the Texas Gulf Coast.

“We want to do it better than ever before,” Mr. Trump said of the recovery efforts at a briefing with top federal and state officials. “We want to be looked at in five years, and ten years from now as, [More]

Damage in Texas from Harvey re-opens GOP scabs over Hurricane Sandy relief

  • 10:36 pm Monday, August 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Even as President Donald Trump expressed confidence Monday that Congress would swiftly approve disaster aid to help Texas recover from damage associated with Hurricane Harvey, elbows were still being thrown among Republicans in Congress over the battle that broke out over recovery aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, after that storm struck the northeast in October 2012.

“I won’t abandon Texas the way Ted Cruz did New York,” said Rep. Peter King (R-NY), as he jabbed at his fellow GOP lawmakers – many of them more conservative, and from the South – who voted against Hurricane Sandy aid in early 2013.

“I [More]

Trump says nation is “100 percent” behind Texas after Hurricane Harvey damage

  • 5:08 pm Monday, August 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump on Monday assured residents of the Lone Star State that he would help speed needed federal assistance and resources to help deal with recovery efforts there, as he praised the work of first responders, federal disaster officials and regular Americans to overcome problems with the storm.

“Every asset at my command is at the disposal of local officials,” the President said, who lauded the scenes of average citizens pitching in to help people deal with high waters and other storm damage

“We see neighbor helping, friend helping friend, and stranger helping stranger,” Mr. Trump said, in his first extended [More]

Internal watchdog to review trips to Oklahoma by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

  • 2:47 pm Monday, August 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency has launched a review of spending by EPA chief Scott Pruitt related to trips he has taken to and from his home state of Oklahoma since joining the Trump Administration, amid claims from critics that such travel should not be paid for by the federal government.

“This assignment is being initiated based on congressional requests and a hotline complaint, all of which expressed concerns about Administrator Pruitt’s travel — primarily his frequent travel to and from his home state of Oklahoma at taxpayer expense,” the Inspector General’s office announced on Monday.

The internal [More]

FEMA issues call for volunteers to help deal with massive Texas flooding from Harvey

  • 8:29 am Monday, August 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Before flying to Texas to see some of the damage from Hurricane Harvey, the head of federal emergency operations used a Washington, D.C. news conference to put out a call for volunteers to help with disaster relief efforts in the Lone Star State, saying that authorities “need citizens to get involved” to deal with the scope of the massive problems which continue to unfold in Houston and along the Texas Gulf Coast.

“This is a landmark event for Texas, Texas has never seen an event like this,” said FEMA Administrator Brock Long, as he urged those who want to help to [More]

Trump likely to speak about Harvey damage and response at White House news conference

  • 3:00 am Monday, August 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

After a weekend of briefings and tweets about storm damage associated with Hurricane Harvey in Texas, President Donald Trump is expected to address the unprecedented weather situation along the Gulf Coast for the first time before television news cameras, as he is scheduled to hold a joint news conference Monday afternoon with the President of Finland at the White House.

The White House said that appearance would take place at 4:30 pm.

Throughout the weekend, the President expressed confidence about the disaster relief response of the federal government.

“Major rescue operations underway!” the President said on Twitter.

“We have an all out [More]