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Politics Roundup: Harvey Response And Congress’s Next Hurdles

Trump sits at head of table to discuss public safety operations in Texas in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey.
Evan Vucci
AP Photo - 2017
President Trump speaks at the Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center in Austin, Texas.

President Donald Trump traveled to Texas this week in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. He met with a number of government officials and rescue workers but received criticism for not meeting with flood victims. 

Meanwhile Congress is set to vote on a multibillion-dollar relief bill for Hurricane Harvey. This comes as the House also faces a planned vote on a $876 million cut to the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster accounts. Plus President Trump’s pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio has prompted questions about future use of that power.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about the latest action in Washington. 

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Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.