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Sens. Cornyn, Cruz doubt Trump will use Harvey funds for border wall

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U.S. Sen. John Cornyn stated Friday he would oppose any effort to redirect Hurricane Harvey reduction funds to pay for a border wall — a transfer that he and fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz agreed was unlikely to occur.

There have been experiences Thursday that the Trump administration was contemplating utilizing a few of the $13.9 billion in catastrophe reduction cash that Congress permitted for Texas and different states to assemble Trump‘s long-sought border barrier. Friday marked the 21st day of a federal authorities shutdown over Trump‘s calls for for border wall {dollars}.

“I’ll oppose any reprogramming of Harvey catastrophe funds,” Cornyn informed reporters after a joint look with Cruz in Austin. “We labored very onerous to ensure that the victims of Hurricane Harvey — their considerations are addressed and Texas is ready to rebuild. And I believe we’re all collectively on that.”

Cruz, who spoke with reporters alongside Cornyn, stated he didn’t imagine the Trump administration “goes to do something to scale back the funding for Hurricane Harvey reduction.” Cornyn stated he agreed.

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“I believe a few of these experiences are overstated,” Cruz stated. “I do not assume we will see that cash jeopardized in any manner.”

Cruz and Cornyn appeared collectively on the Texas Public Coverage Basis’s 2019 Coverage Orientation a day after becoming a member of Trump for a go to to McAllen, the place he continued to make the case for a border wall amid the shutdown.

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