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House planning $81 billion for disaster aid

A neighborhood in Texas after Hurricane Harvey. Photo: Charlie Riedel / AP

House Republicans are preparing a disaster aid package of $81 billion, almost double the White House request, Politico reports, calling the proposal "staggering."

Why it matters: This proposal would be the biggest single package for disaster relief in U.S. history, Politico reports, and would bring total disaster aid spending for calamities this year to more than $130 billion.