Gov. Abbott asks Congress for $61 billion for Harvey damage


Fifteen million dollars to repair and replace damaged Port Aransas schools. About $12 billion to build a coastal barrier to protect the Galveston Bay from hurricane storm surge. More than $21 million to replace 170 trailer homes that were destroyed in La Grange.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday delivered a $61 billion, 282-project wish list to congressional leaders, asking for federal aid for repairs to public infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Harvey and projects aimed at protecting Texas from future disasters.

In October, Congress approved $36.5 billion for disaster relief, with the money being divied up between the victims of wildfires in California and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico.

That package did not go far enough for Abbott, who called Texas lawmakers “spineless” for not insisting on more money for the Lone Star State. His criticism won a commitment from congressional leaders to take up another disaster relief bill this fall.

Read more about what the requested money would fund at MyStatesman.com.



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