Congress didn't finish its work on the fiscal 2018 government budget and defense spending before the summer recess, but now with disaster relief aid needed for Hurricane Harvey, the job just got more complicated.
"It's got to kind of contribute to pressurizing the discussion in Washington about adding money to defense," said Thomas Spoehr, director of the Center for National Security at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
So far, Democrats and some Republicans have opposed the Trump administration's plan to pay for increases in defense spending with big cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, Medicaid and the food stamp SNAP program, among others. Harvey, though, may add pressure at some point to finding ways to offset increased disaster relief aid.
Another possibility is the Trump administration may reject 2018 defense spending proposals by the House and Senate.