Vice President Pence said Monday he believes FEMA has the necessary funds for disaster relief in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey.
“In speaking with FEMA officials, we truly believe that we have the reserves to address the financial burden of this crisis,” Pence said in an interview with local Houston television station KHOU.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Monday said the relief efforts were “quickly drawing down the remaining balance in FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund.”
The disaster relief agency implemented special guidelines for when its reserves run low, which prioritize efforts toward immediate needs while suspending work on long-term relief from other disasters.
Pence said as many as 500,000 Texans could apply for financial disaster assistance.
“We remain very confident that with the reserves and with the support in the Congress, we’ll have the resources that we need,” Pence said.
Roughly 22,000 people in Texas had already signed up for support.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called for bipartisan efforts to provide additional funding as needed.
“Republicans must be ready to join Democrats in passing a timely relief bill that makes all necessary resources available through emergency spending. With the National Flood Insurance Program expiring at the end of September, House Republicans must also move swiftly to ensure that affordable flood insurance continues to be available to communities across our country,” she said.