Texas’ congressional delegation said they may seek up to $10 billion in emergency federal aid to reimburse the state, local communities, and citizens for damages from Hurricane Ike.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex., speaking at a news conference while surrounded by state lawmakers from both parties, said she hopes to have detailed damage estimates by early this week for an emergency budget request. She said the bid request for hurricane assistance will be attached to a larger governmental funding package that must be passed by Congress before Sept. 30.

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