U.S. Debt Ceiling

Texas seeks $61B to 'future proof' before next great storm

Texas is lobbying the federal government for $61 billion for infrastructure improvements after Hurricane Harvey's destruction, arguing that the staggering amount is necessary to "future proof" before the next great storm.

Whether Congress will oblige is anyone's guess.

The Texas coast has been hit by three major hurricanes since 2006, and Houston, 40 miles inland, saw Harvey trigger its third "500-year" flood in the past three years alone. Everyone agrees on the need for long-term improvements for America's fourth-largest city and other especially storm-prone parts of the state. But Congress may be unwilling or unable to pay for them, given the vast...