https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/03/us/storm-texas-harvey.html?ref=todayspaper As a Weary Texas Seeks Solace, Governor Says Property Damage May Exceed Katrina Trump is tying the relief funds to something divisive for Republicans- the federal debt ceiling. He'll try using popular flood relief to squeeze the debt ceailgng thru. When fiscal conservatives vote it down they'll look bad and Trump can get grumpy. It's a PR win but a horrible thing to do to Americans. But I suppose that can be said of everything Trump has done.