Hurricane Harvey is expected to dump more than $100 billion in federal spending on the government’s response to the disaster, according to a report released Monday by the House Budget Committee.
The federal government is paying more than 80 percent of the costs for disaster relief efforts, including food, water and other essentials.
The report found that the Trump administration has spent $3.4 billion on relief, while the Obama administration spent $1.4 trillion, including more than a billion on the National Flood Insurance Program, or NFIP.
That’s a higher share than President Donald Trump’s administration, which has spent more than the other parties combined.
“In terms of FEMA, we’ve had a very high level of activity,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
“The federal government has not had any downtime and the resources have been spent.
The question is whether that will translate into the dollars being used for those needs.”
The report said that federal agencies have already spent more on disaster relief than they will receive from FEMA during the entire fiscal year ending Sept. 30.
That means that, despite the Trump government’s record spending, the U:S.
could still pay for more than half of the cost of relief.
“This administration has repeatedly said that we can pay for all of our expenses through our own resources, but they have not done that,” Meadows said.
“They have put the nation at a disadvantage because they are spending less on FEMA than they would have in a normal, normal year.”
The Trump administration’s spending for hurricane relief has not been limited to FEMA.
The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees border security, has spent an estimated $9.3 billion to help with recovery and housing assistance and the National Guard.
The government also is spending $8.6 billion on recovery, including $3 billion on food, shelter and other necessities.
But Meadows said he believes the federal government should not be using the resources to pay for its own costs.
“It is important to note that FEMA has already spent about 85 percent of what the Department of Defense has spent on Hurricane Harvey relief,” he said.
He said he expects that percentage to continue to grow.
The House Budget report said the $7.2 billion spent by the Trump Administration on Hurricane Relief and Emergency Assistance for Hurricane Katrina in 2008 was more than any other government agency.
It also noted that $5.5 billion was spent by Congress in fiscal year 2018 to pay its own expenses for disaster response.
“As we head into 2018, Congress will be confronted with yet another budget showdown,” Meadows told The Associated Press.
“Congress must ensure that we fully fund our emergency assistance needs and ensure that all our federal agencies continue to receive adequate funding to help meet our recovery needs.”
House Budget Chairman Diane Black, R, Tennessee, has been pushing for Congress to approve a measure that would provide a larger share of the federal budget for FEMA relief and related spending.
She is also pushing for more funding for the National Disaster Relief Fund, which is the federal money that is used to pay bills that help pay for relief.
Black said the federal share of FEMA should not fall below 50 percent.
She said FEMA is already spending about $500 million per year.
But the House bill includes $1 billion for FEMA to hire more workers.
Rep. Peter Roskam, R., Illinois, has proposed a separate bill that would extend disaster relief payments through 2019.
The bill, which passed the House on Tuesday, would provide additional funding to pay relief for at least 30 days.
But Black said it was too early to see the impact of the proposal because it would need to pass both chambers of Congress before being considered by the full House.
She also said that the White House has asked her office not to include the bill in a continuing resolution, which Congress can pass to keep the government funded.
Dave Reichert, R.W., and Jim Jordan, R.-Ohio, are proposing a bill that includes a $1 trillion boost for FEMA’s operations.
It would also provide a $100 million credit to state and local governments for relief efforts.
The legislation would also extend emergency relief for 1.5 million homes in Puerto Rico.
It was included in a $6.1 trillion spending plan that was passed last week by the Senate, but the House has yet to vote on it.
Rep.(R-Wash.) said he supports the bill because it is bipartisan and is consistent with the administration’s request to Congress.
“I believe that this bill is a reasonable way to ensure that the federal Government will be able to provide all the support it needs,” he told the AP.
But he also said it will take years for the money to be used and said that it would be “impractical” to use FEMA’s money for the long term.
“That means, the money has to be