Trump may use Puerto Rico, California disaster funds to build border wall
Added 01-10-19 06:18:01pm EST - “President Trump has been briefed about using disaster-relief money meant to help storm-soaked Puerto Rico and fire-ravaged California to build his border wall, according to a report. If Trump decla?” - Nypost.com
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President Trump has been briefed about using disaster-relief money meant to help storm-soaked Puerto Rico and fire-ravaged California to build his border wall, according to a report.
If Trump declares a national emergency, he could dip into a $13.9 billion Army Corps of Engineers fund intended for public works, NBC reported.
Of that money, $2.5 billion is allocated for ongoing recovery from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and $2.4 billion is set aside to improve infrastructure along the the Yuba River Basin in California.
Defense Department officials discussed the plan with Trump Thursday as traveled to the southern border.
Twenty days ago, parts of the federal government were shut as part of his ongoing feud with Democrats, who are blocking funding for the border all with Mexico.
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