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Trump tweets support for FEMA church reimbursement

President Trump sent out a tweet Friday evening advocating Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursement for religious institutions.

While FEMA did reimburse some churches for disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it is agency policy to only provide reimbursement if less than half of the organization's facilities are used for religious purposes. Three churches are suing FEMA for relief aid to repair structural damage from Hurricane Harvey; all three provided hurricane relief, with one sheltering 70 people and serving some 8,000 meals in Harvey's aftermath.