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Furor Erupts Over Tapping Disaster Aid for Wall (Corrected)

Jan. 11, 2019, 7:39 PMUpdated: Jan. 11, 2019, 8:47 PM

The Trump administration is considering diverting money Congress earmarked for disaster aid for a series of hurricanes and wildfires to pay for a wall on the nation’s southern border, an idea that drew a swift rebuke from lawmakers.

The White House is looking in particular at diverting funds from seven Army Corps of Engineers flood-control projects in California and six in Puerto Rico, California Rep. John Garamendi (D) said in an interview. The money would come from $13.9 billion in projects funded by Congress last year that also include Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.

“It’s reprehensible,” said Garamendi, who has served...

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