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Bipartisan blowback hits idea of tapping Army Corps for wall money

Posted On: Jan 11, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Elected leaders across the political spectrum expressed unease Friday at the prospect of President Donald Trump paying for his border wall using money siphoned from the Army Corps of Engineers, which could tap billions of dollars targeted to disaster relief or lawmakers' home-state water projects. The reaction came swiftly from politicians as disparate as Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally, and California Democratic Rep. John Garamendi, who accused the White House of seeking to punish his blue-leaning state. And it served as a reminder that Trump might create as many political headaches as he solves if he tries to bypass Congress by declaring a national emergency in pursuit of the wall - an option he appeared to distance himself from Friday. The Army Corps, which has military leaders but a mostly civilian workforce, oversees congressionally approved projects throughout the country - from reconstructing dams and dredging canals to trying to restore Florida's Everglades and Louisiana's swiftly...

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