The White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to look at using emergency funds that Congress approved for disaster relief to build a border Wall with Mexico.
$13.9-B has been allocated, but not yet obligated through contracts for a variety of projects in California, Florida, Texas, other states and Puerto Rico, which have experienced hurricanes, wildfires or other natural disasters.
The money funds a variety of projects, mostly flood control to prevent future disasters.
President Donald Trump is considering invoking emergency powers to build the Wall. His demand for the wall funding led to the partial government shutdown.
President Trump flew to the Texas border with Mexico to bolster his case for the border wall as a partial US government shutdown tied to the issue stretched into its 20th day with no sign of new talks to resolve the impasse.
“We can declare a national emergency. We should not have to,” President Trump told reporters. “This is just common sense.”
Thursday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R:SC) that President Donald Trump should declare a national emergency and bypass Congress to fund the Wall on the US border with Mexico.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D:CA) “refusal to negotiate on funding for a border wall/barrier – even if the government were to be reopened – virtually ends the congressional path to funding for a border wall/barrier,” Senator Graham said in a statement.
“It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier,” he said.
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