December 19, 2017 / 2:01 AM / in 10 months

House panel chair introduces $81 billion disaster aid bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee introduced a bill on Monday to provide $81 billion in emergency aid for recent hurricanes and wildfires.

FILE PHOTO: Jesus Rodriguez rescues Gloria Garcia after rain from Hurricane Harvey flooded Pearland, in the outskirts of Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif/File Photo

The legislation includes $27.6 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $26.1 billion for community development block grants, Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen said in a statement.

President Donald Trump had requested $44 billion last month, which was widely criticized by lawmakers as being insufficient.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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