Last week, Trump vowed to "close down our government" if he doesn't get the funding necessary to build a wall along the Mexican border. One of the first items in the House is a massive spending bill that would slash nearly $1 billion from disaster accounts to help finance Trump's U.S. -Mexico border wall.
President Donald Trump on Sunday renewed his pledge to make Mexico pay for the construction of a border wall between the U.S and Mexico, days after threatening to trigger a government shutdown if congressional Republicans don't include funding as they tackle a spending bill due September 30.
"People's opinions are often inconsistent when they're asked to consider abstract ideas versus specific policies", she said.
President Trump waved a Texas flag to cheering hurricane survivors Tuesday as he proclaimed "Texas can handle anything!".
There is only $3.3 billion in FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund, and while the agency could pull from other sources of funding, any additional large-scale funding would need to be appropriated by Congress. That's how Congress handled Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when it approved $10 billion in immediate aid while most members were still on August recess.
As White House spokespeople blithely insist that everything is fine between the Republican president and Republican leaders of the House and Senate, the relationship continues to deteriorate-with vague sniping in the press escalating into screaming private phone calls and public call-outs at rallies and on Twitter.
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How does Harvey change the spending debate?
The disaster relief cut was proposed well before Harvey and the politically bad optics are sure to lead lawmakers to do an about face, though that would create a money crunch in homeland security accounts.
Mr Trump has also promised emergency funds to rebuild in Texas and Louisiana, but also plans to cut almost $1bn from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) budget to help get work on the border barrier started, the Associated Press news agency reported, quoted by BBC.
Before the end of next month, Congress must pass a bill to fund the government, increase the debt ceiling to avoid a financial catastrophe, reauthorize the federal government's flood insurance program, and reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
If Congress takes this approach, Trump would be forced to shut down the government and deny relief to hurricane victims just to show he won't budge on the wall. A senior Democratic aide told CNN that the costs of helping state and local communities will "likely to surpass" this amount. One early estimate by Chuck Watson, a risk modeler, puts damages from Harvey at $42 billion.
After infuriating their NY and New Jersey colleagues by voting against Sandy relief, Republican hardliners look like they may back down this time.