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

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

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

The House of Representatives voted to approve a Senate-passed measure to ensure federal workers furloughed during the ongoing partial government shutdown are paid retroactively when the government reopens, sending the bill to President Trump's desk.

The wall was the central promise of Trump's winning campaign in 2016.

"I'm not going to do it so fast", Trump said, adding that Democrats should come back to town and negotiate. When Pelosi replied "no", Trump by his admission put his hands up in exasperation and said "bye bye".

Almost three-quarters of US citizens surveyed said the prolonged impasse over whether to fund President Trump's wall on the border with Mexico is "embarrassing for the country", according to an NPR/Ispos Poll released Friday.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the report of Trump's plans left city and county officials "scrambling to figure out how local flood control plans would be affected" by the White House proposal, a year and a half after Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Houston.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a lawmaker with a close relationship with the president, discounted that option, saying it was not "under very serious consideration".

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Senior aide Jared Kushner, who traveled with the president to Texas, is among those urging caution on the declaration, according to a person familiar with Kushner's thinking but not authorized to publicly discuss the issue.

Defense Department officials had already been combing data on more than $10 billion in military construction projects to determine how much of it would be available for emergency spending this year. Efforts at negotiating a broader immigration deal involving immigrants brought to the country illegally as children collapsed with little progress.

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.

"What we're not looking to do right now is national emergency", he continued.

PHOTO: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, speaks following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Jan. 9, 2019.

That's the same length of time as the 21-day shutdown that stretched from December 1995 to January 1996 as a result of a clash between President Bill Clinton and the GOP Congress.

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