"I feel a lot of Houston is drying out, and I don't want them to forget about us", she said. "Without raising the debt limit, I'm not confident we will get the money we need this month to Texas to rebuild", Mnuchin told Fox. "I know that the wall is a huge priority to the president and we want to make sure that we get money for that".
Some House conservatives have said directly pairing Harvey aid with an increase in the debt limit would be a "terrible idea" that sends the wrong message on overall government spending.
Mnuchin's new deal contrasts his statements from just days earlier, in which he said it was not necessary to tie legislation for Harvey and debt.
The U.S. government hit the $19.8 trillion debt limit in March and the Treasury Department has been using accounting maneuvers to free up borrowing.
But on Sunday, he said that deadline had moved up due to unexpected new spending on Harvey.
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If Congress approves the relief but additional money is not borrowed, "we're not going to be able to get that money to the state". If Congress does not come to an agreement on raising the ceiling, it could lead to a government shutdown and potentially destroy America's credit rating, setting off an unprecedented financial crisis. "At this point, we need to put politics aside". But rank-and-file congressional Republicans fear criticism from the right if they vote for a "clean" hike (one without accompanying spending cuts).
Senator Roy Blunt, a junior member of the Senate's Republican leadership, said it was possible lawmakers could tie legislation raising the US debt ceiling - an unpopular step among some Republican conservatives - to legislation providing financial aid for recovery from Harvey.
Karen Waltmon, 58, who was returning to her home in one of the neighborhoods, said she wondered if parts of the city would have to be razed.
He also suggested the White House wasn't overly concerned about whether the plan includes ways to offset the loss of federal revenue from the tax cuts.
Mnuchin went on to say that if Congress appropriates the money, but the treasury doesn't have the ability to borrow more money to pay for it, then the funs will not actually be available for Texas. "That's our priority. We need to help the people in Texas, and we need to get that done".