House GOP bill would keep $1.2 trillion from disaster aid for victims

Republicans in the House on Tuesday passed legislation to keep $800 billion in disaster aid from being sent to states hit by Harvey.

The House passed the Disaster Relief, Flood Insurance, and Flood Mitigation Appropriations Act, which provides $1,200 billion to states in the Harvey relief effort.

The House also approved a measure to keep federal disaster aid and reimbursements for the American Red Cross for three months after Harvey.

A House Republican aide said the bill would not affect the Harvey funding itself, but that it is aimed at protecting vulnerable populations from natural disasters.

The measure is expected to be signed into law by President Donald Trump.

Trump’s administration announced Monday that it was canceling federal disaster relief and reimbursement payments to the American Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.