Vice President Mike Pence could not offer any information about the cost or the timeliness of a potential appropriations bill after Houston was devestated by Hurricane Harvey, but did tell reporters that he thought that such a bill would receive the support of both Republicans and Democrats in Washington.
Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday said that recovering from Tropical Depression Harvey will take "years" for those areas struck by the storm.
"It's not months, but it's years," he said during a visit to Rockport, Texas. "The challenges will be great. But we know that the generosity and prayers and the faith of the people of Texas and the United States will be greater still."
Pence added that President Trump asked him to tell the people of Texas that America as a nation "loves" the state and its people.
"As the president often says, we're one American family," he said. "When one of us hurts, we all hurt. The American people are with you."
"We are with you, and we will stay with you until Rockport and all of southeast Texas will come back," Pence added of Rockport, one of the first places struck by Harvey went it made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane last Friday.
Vice President Pence meets with Harvey survivors in Rockport, Texas.
Vice President Pence on Thursday will travel to Texas and see the damage caused there by Tropical Depression Harvey.
Pence will visit the tiny coastal town of Rockport, which was among the first places battered by Harvey when it made landfall last Friday as a Category 4 hurricane.
CNN reported that Pence’s office said in a statement Thursday that the vice president will also visit the Corpus Christi area.
Pence will travel to Texas on Thursday aboard Air Force Two with at least six other officials from President Trump’s administration.
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Energy Secretary Rick Perry will also be present.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke will additionally accompany Pence.
Trump on Tuesday visited Corpus Christi and then Texas’ capital of Austin while meeting with federal, state and local officials about the response to Harvey.
“Probably there has never been anything so expensive in our country’s history, we’ve never done anything so historic in terms of damage and in terms of ferocity with what we’ve witnessed with Harvey,” he said in Corpus Christi.
“This is long term,” Trump added alongside Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and other state officials. “The wind was pretty horrific.”
“Nobody has ever seen anything this long and nobody has ever seen this much water. [Harvey sounds] like such an innocent name…but it’s not innocent.”
Trump plans on returning to Texas this Saturday, and he may also visit Louisiana as it faces its own challenges from Harvey.
Harvey struck the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane last Friday and has since resulted in a confirmed death toll of at least 31 people.
Forecasters then downgraded Harvey to a tropical depression late Wednesday, but the storm is predicted to dump 4 to 8 inches of rain on impacted areas through Friday.
Harvey will likely strike the Louisiana-Texas line into Kentucky and Tennessee, with some regions getting as much as foot of precipitation with the potential for more flooding.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.