Congress to help Harvey victims after administration request

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A man drives by debris cluttered properties in Port Aransas, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday night as the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade. By Saturday afternoon it had been downgraded ... into a tropical storm, but it had dumped over a dozen inches of rain on some areas and forecasters were warning that it could cause catastrophic flooding in the coming days. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

 U.S. lawmakers will help people affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, which has battered southern Texas, flooding streets and leaving 30,000 people temporarily homeless in Houston, a spokeswoman for U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Monday.

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"We will help those affected by this terrible disaster. The first step in that process is a formal request for resources from the administration," Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in an email.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Eric Beech)

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