House Speaker Paul Ryan and a bipartisan group of House lawmakers will go to Florida and Texas this week to see the damage caused by two hurricanes and to help determine the additional federal money that will be needed for the recovery.
The House Appropriations Committee chairman, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, of New Jersey, will accompany Ryan on the trip as well as Rep. John Carter, R-Texas.
Congress passed a $15.4 billion hurricane relief bill earlier this month but a request for much more federal funding to help recover from the hurricanes is likely forthcoming.
Ryan, R-Wis., will first stop in Jacksonville, Fla., followed by Miami and then the Florida Keys, which were hit hardest by Hurricane Irma. The lawmakers plan to "survey damage" and meet with officials from the Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a GOP aide said.
Ryan and lawmakers will then head to Houston to meet with Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday. They'll survey the storm damage from Hurricane Harvey and help with disaster relief with Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization run by military veterans.
Other congressional lawmakers will meet Ryan on the trip, including Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas.
Estimates on storm damage put the recovery price tag for the impacted states at well over $200 billion, and it could grow much higher now that Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, is expected to take a direct hit from Category 5 Hurricane Maria.