- The Washington Times
Monday, September 11, 2017

Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday that more funding for both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey will be needed in the coming weeks and months.

“It was white knuckle time before the storm. FEMA was running out of money last Friday. Fortunately, we got the $15 billion passed, but that’s only going to last a few weeks now. We’re going to have to do another emergency supplemental appropriation, and that’s only going to last so long. So this kind of costly cleanup and tending to the storm and the aftermath, that’s going to go on for months,” Mr. Nelson, Florida Democrat, said on MSNBC.

Hurricane Irma weakened from a Category 5 and hit Cudjoe Key on Sunday as a Category 4 storm. By Monday morning, the hurricane had weakened further to a tropical storm and was hitting the Tampa area, leaving people with out power, trees down and flooding in various parts of the state.

President Trump signed the disaster relief package into law on Friday, which also included an extension of the debt ceiling until December. Mr. Trump struck the deal with Democratic leaders, but it passed through Congress quickly last week.

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