President Trump wants Congress to approve an initial $5.95 billion to deal with the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, according to a report Thursday.
Mick Mulvaney, who is the director of the Office of Management and Budget, has been calling lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to make the administration's case, Axios reports.
Of that money, about $5.5 billion would go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, while the Small Business Administration would receive $450 million.
Congress returns from a long August recess next week and is expected to begin talks for disaster relief.
There is talk among Republicans about including Harvey disaster relief in a short-term spending bill that is combined with a debt-ceiling increase, according to a Bloomberg report.
A showdown had been expected over money for southern border wall construction projects and the cuts proposed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Relief Fund which had been proposed before the storm as a way to help fund the wall. This fight may now be put on hold.
Still, Trump, who hinted recently over a possible government shutdown over funding the wall, has stressed that the wall and disaster relief are two separate issues.
Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, predicted Thursday that Congress would deliver financial relief to the flood-ravaged areas of his state in three stages, starting next week.
Parts of Texas and Louisiana have been hardest hit by the storm, which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Friday and has caused widespread flooding since then.
The final amount of money that Congress might approve is still up in the air. Some Democrats have suggested the final amount will be between $100 billion and $150 billion.
The federal government spent about $120 billion in total on recovery efforts for Hurricane Katrina, which pummeled the southeast U.S. in 2005.