Texas Delegation Pens Letter To President Over Emergency Funds

Matt Briscoe

Washington, D.C.–Governor Greg Abbott joined in a bipartisan letter to President Trump urging him to protect disaster funds earmarked for Hurricane Harvey. The letter, signed also by both Texas Senators and members of Congress sends a strong message to the President though it is still unclear if he has gotten the message.

“We strongly support securing the border with additional federal resources including tactical infrastructure, technology, ports of entry improvements and personnel,” the lawmakers wrote to the President. “However, we are strongly opposed to using funds appropriated by Congress for disaster relief and mitigation for Texas for any unintended purpose. As Texans continue to rebuild and prepare for future disasters, these funds, appropriated by Congress to be spent directly on rebuilding and mitigation, are critical to helping our communities recover, preventing future flooding and protecting our constituents.”

The letter continued saying that “We strongly support securing the border with additional federal resources including tactical infrastructure, technology, ports of entry improvements and personnel. However, we are strongly opposed to using funds appropriated by Congress for disaster relief and mitigation for Texas for any unintended purpose.”

The Trump administration has suggested that they might would use the Army Corps of Engineers and $13.9 billion in disaster funding to build the wall. The move would divert funds to areas that are currently recovering from hurricanes, including Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

*Newly elected Congressman Michael Cloud of Texas 27 did not sign onto the letter to President Trump. According to the Corpus Christi Caller Times, Cloud penned his own letter to the President. Cloud nor his office responded to our inquiry. You can read the Caller Times report here.

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