The White House is hoping an initial round of funding will be approved next week after Congress returns from recess. The funding would include $5.5 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency; $400 million would go to other agencies, including the Small Business Administration. The remaining $6.7 billion in emergency relief funding would be added to a stopgap funding bill to raise the debt ceiling.
Some Republicans, including Representative Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina), have spoken out against linking a relief bill worth billions to legislation that would raise the debt ceiling. "The Harvey relief would pass on its own, and to use that as a vehicle to get people to vote for a debt ceiling is not appropriate," Meadows told the Washington Post. "That sends all the wrong message: 'Let's go ahead and increase the debt ceiling, and by the way, while we're doing it let's go ahead and spend another $15, $20 billion?'"