Trump administration eyes disaster money to fund border wall

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering using billions in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico and Texas and more than a dozen other states to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall as he weighs signing a national emergency declaration to get it built without Congress.

The White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to comb through its budget, including $13.9 billion in emergency funds that Congress earmarked last year, to see what money could be diverted to the wall as part of a declaration. That’s according to a congressional aide and administration official familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
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give this man an inch and see what he does? He's steadily forcing his supporters to go along with increasingly offensive policies. At some point he'll go too far. But, he's not going to stop until people of conscience finally stand up to him and say "no". This is why this WH leaks so much. There are people within this administration that are horrified about the sorts of things he's planning. People need to wake up and realize this is a soulless wannabe despot who lacks any human decency.
 
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As if his cruelty to Puerto Rico hasn't been enuf … this would also deprive them of further assistance from Maria. There is, indeed, a monster in the Oval Office.


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Trump could take billions from disaster areas to fund wall
President Donald Trump has been briefed on a plan that would use the Army Corps of Engineers and a portion of $13.9 billion of Army Corps funding to build 315 miles of barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the briefing.

The money was set aside to fund projects all over the country including storm-damaged areas of Puerto Rico through fiscal year 2020, but the checks have not been written yet and, under an emergency declaration, the president could take the money from these civil works projects and use it to build the border wall, said officials familiar with the briefing and two congressional sources.

The plan could be implemented if Trump declares a national emergency in order to build the wall and would use more money and build more miles than the administration has requested from Congress. The president had requested $5.7 billion for a wall stretching 234 miles.

Under the proposal, the officials said, Trump could dip into the $2.4 billion allocated to projects in California, including flood prevention and protection projects along the Yuba River Basin and the Folsom Dam, as well as the $2.5 billion set aside for reconstruction projects in Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria.

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What I find disheartening is the number of people who still support him. It tells me the number of those lacking basic human decency is far greater than I imagined.
saw an interview with a Trump supporter who isn't getting a paycheck because of the shutdown finally turning on Trump. That's the sort of thing it's going to take. Something that effects their lives personally. But , if that what it takes, then fine. Maybe it's like an addict that has to hit rock bottom before they'll stop living in denial.
 

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