Senior administration officials briefed reporters on the request , presented in the form of a new continuing resolution.
- The legislation also includes $24 billion in aid for natural disaster relief, including $14 billion for pre-Hurricane Ida storms and wildfires and up to $10 billion to address damage along the Gulf and North Atlantic coasts caused by Ida.
- “As you can imagine, when we were putting together this package, the storm was literally ongoing, so of course we don’t yet have precise estimates of the damage and needs,” one administration official said of Ida fallout.
- “What we’re seeing is that we insist that these events, those needs will account for at least $10 billion. And we’re committed to working closely with Congress to refine those numbers, understand the needs, and include the requisite funding in this legislative vehicle.”
- Shalanda Young, the White House’s acting director for the Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement that the “short-term CR is necessary not only to provide Congress additional time to pass full-year appropriations bills that make bold, forward-looking investments in our future, but also to address the specific, urgent needs facing our country right now.”