And let me say that the administration has already been in contact with members of Congress about a supplemental appropriation deal with the immediate needs of federal assistance for individuals. As well as assistance to businesses that are recovering in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. And we expect Congress to move quickly.
But let me say we're very confident that members of Congress, in both political parties, appreciate the historic nature of this storm. And we anticipate a strong and bipartisan support. At this point I can tell you as of this morning we have actually had more than 311,000 citizens who have gone online or telephoned in to register for disaster assistance.
And I'm pleased, and I think Texans should be encouraged to know that we've already distributed more than $530 million in assistance. We just urge people to apply for that federal assistance and know that help is on the way.