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Political Roundup: Pushing For Disaster Relief Funds, And Another Mayoral Candidate

The Houston Matters experts discuss the latest political news.


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Congress this week passed a long-awaited disaster relief package with a provision calling on the Trump administration to release $4 billion dollars allocated to Texas more than a year ago. But it could still be months until that actually happens, despite efforts from local and state officials, joining the Lone Star State's contingent in Congress pushing to get these funds to Texas.

The bill passed this week gives the federal Office of Management and Budget 90 days to release the money once the bill is signed by President Trump. This week, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Linda Hidalgo sent a letter to federal regulators asking them not to wait that long.

In the audio above, we discuss that story and other developments in city, state, and national politics, such as the news that Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins appears to be entering the mayoral race, the delayed vote on the Houston budget, the President’s visit to London, and continued impeachment talk.

Joining us for this week’s roundup are University of Houston political science professor Brandon Rottinghaus and Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder.