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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:54 AM

Trump may use Puerto Rico, California disaster funds to build border wall

https://nypost.com/2019/01/10/trump-may-use-puerto-rico-california-disaster-funds-to-build-border-wall

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 he traveled to the southern border.

Trump needs $5.7 billion to build the long-promised wall along the nation’s southern border.


From NYTimes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/10/us/politics/border-wall-government-shutdown.html

McALLEN, Tex. — President Trump traveled to the border on Thursday to warn of crime and chaos on the frontier, as White House officials considered diverting emergency aid from storm- and fire-ravaged Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and California to build a border barrier, perhaps under an emergency declaration.

In a sign of growing unease about the partial government shutdown, some Senate Republicans came off the sidelines to hash out a deal that would reopen the government as Congress worked toward a broader agreement tying wall funds to protection for some undocumented immigrants and other migrants.

But before those negotiations could gain momentum, they collapsed. Vice President Mike Pence and other members of Mr. Trump’s team let it be known privately that the president would not back such a deal.

“It kind of fell apart,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who was among those Republicans seeking a deal.

“It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier,” he said later in a brief statement. He added, “I hope it works.”

The administration appeared to be looking into just such a solution: using extraordinary emergency powers to get around Congress in funding the wall. Among the options, the White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to determine whether it can divert for wall construction $13.9 billion allocated last year after devastating hurricanes and wildfires, according to congressional and Defense Department officials with knowledge of the matter, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the possibility.

Administration officials are debating whether they could make such a move without the president declaring a national emergency, an action the White House counsel’s office has explored.

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CousinIT Jan 11 OP
EarthFirst Jan 11 #1
ScratchCat Jan 11 #2
Wounded Bear Jan 11 #5
spanone Jan 11 #3
lpbk2713 Jan 11 #4

Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:00 AM

1. I was under the impression that appropriations cannot be reallocated...

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Response to EarthFirst (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 08:35 AM

2. Based upon the few articles

posted here about this, it looks like it's simply the Trump Administration who says they can do this. Another article cited "congressional sources", which is simply House or Senate Republicans. The POTUS does not gain the power to divert earmarked disaster relied funds because he cites an "emergency" that doesn't exist. The House still has to reallocate the funds. The Constitution does not give the POTUS power over spending.

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Response to EarthFirst (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:09 AM

5. Tricky point, and I think you just triggered a thought to me...

Normally, you're right to a degree. Funds can be moved around and reallocated within departmental jurisdictions if it isn't strictly prohibited in the congressional act allocating the funds.

So, consider this. If Trump declares his "National Emergency" they probably think that would bring the situation under FEMA control, and FEMA funds for disaster relief could be re-directed to build his fucking wall.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 09:32 AM

3. just like trump to steal from the needy to feed his ego

that's the kind of 'president' he is.....

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:01 AM

4. Puerto Rico is nowhere near recovered.



Taking money meant for them would be no different from stealing from the poor.


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