Texas lawmakers unite against Trump’s potential use of Hurricane Harvey funds for border wall


More than 20 Texas lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have signed an open letter urging President Donald Trump to avoid using the $15 billion in federal funding appropriated for Hurricane Harvey relief as a means to pay for a border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and end the ongoing government shutdown.

The Jan. 15 letter was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as well as several local elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands; U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Tomball; U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, R-Pearland; state Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston; U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Houston; and state Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, D-Houston.

“Recent reports have indicated that your administration is considering the use of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funds, appropriated by Congress and intended for Hurricane Harvey recovery and mitigation efforts, in an effort to secure our southern border,” lawmakers said in the letter. “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 letter states the funds are crucial for recovery as well as to prevent future flooding in the area.

“We ask that you ensure necessary efforts on border security do not jeopardize long-term hurricane recovery and mitigation in Texas,” lawmakers said.

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    • WorkingTaxpyaer

      Right on…these things entered average salary now millionaires: and they expect WORKERS aka REAL AMERICANS to work especially in the private sector until we drop dead…for them and DIAL#2 Span ish which NONE have done anything about…except AID ABET SEDITION… and load their own bank account… ALL no doubt VACATIONed…while President Trump remained… Their FORKED TONGUEs…ATTACK just like LULACWHOREs, LaRaza DACA, DREAMWHORES = 666 plus CAIR, Black Muslim Brotherhoodies…SPLC, TxCivilRights Project…on and on ACLU… and what have they done about anything? DID ANY VOLUNTEER: if so they would have realized food lines began with the Pregnantwhores and their hoards of illegals illegitimates foreign invadwhores..sperm donated products via gangs, cartels, mentally ill, diseased..whom were served first while the WORKERS whom came here from everywhere…GOT NOTHING… Our group had a male ONE ARM…loading with us…guess who was sitting, complaining, venting, doing nothing but awaiting GOV AID: those whom DID NOT PURCHASE HOME OWNERS ANYTHING..and ILLEGALs! Others States sent their workers here:…while the Blood Sucking Parasites sucked up others Fruits of Our Labors… Do Unto Others As You Will Have Done Unto ALL of YOU…C O W A R Ds, APPEASEWHOREs… Anti USA…FRAUDS…especially Fraudulent Conservative Repugs who did what when you had control… DISGUSTING… candidate to nominee to President Elect, Transition Team, family friends, admin, staff like Manafort, Gen Flynn attacked…what did you do YOU DAMNATION COWARDS…! You bow to EVIL!

  1. WorkingTaxpayer

    Fraudulent Conservative Repugs…! Cornyn…you guaranteed ILLEGALs everything. McCaul..you dare take a Salary…who paid for your FIVE TAX DEDUCTIONS? How about Real Americans who work and die before we ge4t to retire… YOU INHERITED $278M you are a selfish prick.(What have you contributed to other than YOUR SELFISH Clan!?.. COWARDS…Jackson Lee…now there is a piece of work: if ya donate to you –one gets what? FUNERAL ADVANTAGE!????? IMPEACH YOURSELVES… Baldie in Conroe…Land of the LaRaza Specials Sanctuary City… BILLIONS collected…what have any of you done..? And half of it went for ILLEGALs, and fools whom pay for nothing womb to tomb like yourselves… No med, life, homeowners,/nor renters, nor vehicle insurance…just let the GOV : aka Real Americans: taxpayers, workers, whom drop dead being responsible according to the Rule of Law…not your DO WHAT I SAY but what you DON”T EVER DO other than LIE! Do Unto others As You WOuld Have Them Do Unto YOU… POLITICAL LIFEWHORES on PARADE…the Devil Loves all of you! Awaits your burning flesh!

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Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.
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