President Bush is asking Congress for an additional $691 million to aid victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters.
The price tag for recent emergencies is surging toward $13 billion. The latest request includes money for damage caused by Hurricane Jeanne, which was the last of four major hurricanes that lashed Florida, Alabama and other states in the south and east over the past several months.
Congress has already approved $2 billion for hurricane victims. It has yet to act on two other requests totaling $10.2 billion that the President made last month.