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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:05 PM

Trump could take billions from disaster areas to fund wall

Source: NBC News

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.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/trump-could-take-billions-disaster-areas-fund-wall-n957281

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:15 PM

1. Why Not From Infastructure Too

And just speed up making us a sh*thole nation. We're already headed in that direction.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:17 PM

2. Cute trick. Still not enough.

What wonít he do to lay a physical blemish on the American landscape. An unfinished gaudy wall. What a man?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:25 PM

3. We will see how this plays out and how hard the GOP wants to fight so

the next democratic president can completely bypass congress by simply declaring a national emergency....gun violence.....global warming......abortion rights......etc.


This ain't over at all

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Response to beachbum bob (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:27 PM

5. Or a national medical crisis and institute medicare for everyone.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:30 PM

7. Fucking exactly.....that is what democrats need to echo now...

All the time....

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:26 PM

4. Where's the land? Eminent domain involved?

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Response to elleng (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:30 PM

6. There is no way I would go to Texas for the government

to tell ranchers that we were taking their land.

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Response to Cold War Spook (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:31 PM

8. Zacly

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Response to Cold War Spook (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:42 PM

10. It isn't just ranchers.

Many people live on the banks of the Rio Grande, and any wall would be built inland from the river, leaving US citizens in a no-manís land. I woukd hope that they would sue to stop the wall because no government should have the right to cut them out of their own country.

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Response to Cold War Spook (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:45 PM

12. Why does the Alamo come to mind?

Wow, do you think Texans are going to negotiate with Mexico?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:35 PM

9. Then when a disaster really hits

People in it will be stuck out in the cold because of trump , and his wall came before helping people after a disaster. What a shameful thing to even suggest. This is just trump working hard trying to stiff the American people even more for himself, again.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:44 PM

11. So, he's planning to just stiff all the civil contractors doing the work in Puerto Rico?

I guess if there's one thing he's good at, it's stiffing contractors.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:46 PM

13. This gives the Republicans in the Senate breathing room.

For example, McConnell is up in 2020 and his voters back home adore Trump. Which is why he's been hiding his face while obstructing any bills to reopen the government.

Now I'll be on Trump and McConnell can hold his head up high that he stood strong with their leader. He's not the only Republican in the senate who would be glad to see this shutdown end this way.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:47 PM

14. Trump is the king of threats. What do we do with children...

that act this way?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:03 PM

15. torches and pitchforks...

fuck this shit...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:05 PM

16. Is this why he threatened to withhold disaster money from Cali?

Pelosi mentioned it today. It probably is no coincidence.

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Response to janx (Reply #16)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:26 PM

18. That was my thought when I read this, too.

It was by design.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:08 PM

17. Trump agenda: Third behind hurting Obama & brown people is hurting California.


Hurt, hurt, hurt.

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