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Jenny Killingsworth, right, holds the hand of Janeah Tieman, 10, while helping clean up a home damaged by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The House plans to vote on Harvey aid later this week



The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that would provide disaster relief aid to Texans dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

On Sunday, the House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation in response to the president's request for Harvey relief funding. By moving forward with the $7.9 billion relief package, Congress would replenish a rapidly depleting disaster aid fund as another storm, Hurricane Irma, approaches.

“Families and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey have a long road ahead, and the House will be with them every step of the way,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said. “The president has made clear Texas and Louisiana will have the resources they need, and this package is our first step of keeping that promise.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told "Fox News Sunday" that he and the president agree the debt limit should be tied to the disaster relief package.

"The president and I believe that it should be tied to the Harvey funding, that our first priority is to make sure that the state gets money," he said. "It is critical and to do that we need to make sure we raise the debt limit."

But that line of thinking is controversial among some House conservatives, who say it sends the wrong message on overall government spending. Democrats, too, have also been cool to the approach.

The Senate has not said when or how it will vote on Harvey aid.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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