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Trump administration seeking $7.85 billion ‘down payment’ on disaster funding
HOUSTON -- The Trump administration on Friday asked Congress for a higher-than-expected $7.85 billion as part of an initial request for funds in response to Hurricane Harvey, with an additional request expected by the end of this month. The formal request came late Friday in a letter from President Donald Trump's budget chief to House Speaker Paul Ryan. The initial amount requested for Harvey relief was higher than the $5.95 billion figure administration officials floated earlier in the day.