WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week’s Washington Week covers two issues important to Texans – Hurricane Harvey and DACA.
The WETA/PBS show, celebrating its 50th year, is moderated by Robert Costa of The Washington Post. The week’s guests were Abby Livingston of Texas Tribune, Geoff Bennett of NPR, Philip Rucker of The Washington Post, and Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal.
On Hurricane Harvey, Washington Week points out that tens of thousands of Texans remain displaced in the wake of Harvey. The program says 100,000 homes were affected, more than 32,000 people were displaced, an unknown number remain stranded, there have been 38 confirmed deaths, and, as of Friday, 310,000 people have registered for federal aid. The show says an emergency funding bill of $6 billion is being talked about for Harvey though Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas will likely need $125 billion.
On DACA, Washington Post say President Trump will announce next Tuesday whether the program will continue. DACA stands for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a measure introduced by President Obama to protect young people who were brought to this country as children. The show says House Speaker Paul Ryan has asked that DACA not be rescinded. Washington Week says 120,000 young people in Texas are covered under DACA.
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