Abbott: Texas will need billions to recover

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that his state was going to need a massive commitment from the federal government as it begins to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey.

“Let’s not compare it to Sandy. Let’s compare it to Katrina,” Abbott told CNN’s Dana Bash.

Abbott said the recovery from Harvey would require even more money than the package Congress appropriated for Hurricane Katrina relief, saying the total population and geographic range affected by Harvey could surpass both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy combined.

“It’s going to take years for us to be able to overcome this challenge,” Abbott said.

President Donald Trump has requested more than $7 billion dollars from Congress for an initial response to the damage from the storm. Abbott said all involved have made it clear this request was a “down payment” for what he estimated would be more than a $120 billion cost for the recovery effort.

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