Trump allies want disaster account cuts to fund wall

2017-08-31 05:29
President Donald Trump at a briefing efforts in Corpus Christi on Harvey relief efforts. (Evan Vucci, AP)

President Donald Trump at a briefing efforts in Corpus Christi on Harvey relief efforts. (Evan Vucci, AP)

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Houston - President Donald Trump is promising billions to help Texas rebuild from Harvey, but his Republican allies in the House are looking at cutting almost $1bn from disaster accounts to help finance the president's border wall.

The pending reduction to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief account is part of a spending bill that the House is scheduled to consider next week when Congress returns from its August recess.

The $876m cut pays for roughly half the cost of Trump's down payment on a US-Mexico border wall.

It seems sure that GOP leaders will move to reverse the disaster aid cut next week. The optics are politically bad and there's only $2.3bn remaining in disaster coffers.

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