President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has given him an additional $5 billion in taxpayer funds to help meet his request to Congress for an emergency supplemental appropriations bill for Hurricane Harvey relief.
The request comes after Trump last month sought $1.8 billion in supplemental funding for Harvey relief, which lawmakers approved as part of a $10.6 trillion spending bill that was passed in late March.
“We’re going to make good on that request and provide an additional supplemental appropriation to help alleviate the humanitarian and economic impact of this devastating disaster,” Trump said during a news conference in New York.
The president has said that the emergency supplemental appropriation is needed to assist states and localities to help rebuild after Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Alabama.
The emergency supplemental is $5,929 per household, or $11.39 per household for a family of four.
Trump said the additional funds would allow FEMA to better prepare for the storm.
The supplemental appropriation for Hurricane Sandy was $4.639 billion, and FEMA’s disaster relief assistance for Hurricane Katrina was $1 billion, according to the White House.
The federal government is providing the additional $2 billion in FEMA funds to address a need for additional housing for Harvey evacuees.