Bad news phone call halts governor's press conference

Governor Greg Abbott was in Port Aransas Thursday handing out checks for counties and cities to use for relief from Hurricane Harvey.

PORT ARANSAS (KIII NEWS) - Governor Greg Abbott was in Port Aransas Thursday handing out checks for counties and cities to use for relief from Hurricane Harvey.

However, just as he was about to hand out the checks, he got a call concerning the federal government's plan to send more money. His phone actually rang in the middle of a press conference -- it was a phone call he had to take.

With that, the governor took off to take the call and Hurricane recovery Czar John Sharp continued the meeting. Sharp did indicate what that call might be about.

"We're waiting hopefully over the next 48 hours for that decision to be made in Congress on how much money Texas is going to get," Sharp said. "The recommendation from the Office of Management and Budget and the White House was woefully short."

Congress is looking at an $81 billion appropriations bill for Hurricane Harvey relief. The call to the governor was about those discussions and he did not have good news.

"We believe that too much of that $81 billion is being allocated to other states and Puerto Rico, and an inadequate number is being allocated to Texas," Abbott said. "So I've been working tirelessly to get more of that money to come to the state of Texas."

While that fight behind the scenes is being waged, the governor continued on with the press conference. He handed out hundreds of thousands of dollars in checks to County and City governments so they can continue to operate and pay for Hurricane Harvey damages in their communities.

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