REPS LIEU, BROWNLEY AND SHERMAN CONDEMN TRUMP PLAN TO FUND WALL WITH DISASTER MONEY
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s potential plan to divert funding from disaster relief efforts in areas impacted by hurricanes and other natural disasters.
“It’s clear at this point that Trump views disaster funding with derision. Otherwise, why in one week would he threaten to withhold FEMA funding to aid California wildfire victims and lay the groundwork to use disaster money for Hurricanes Harvey and Maria to build his wall? Our constituents have been victims of natural disasters, and we’re appalled by this development. No one wants his or her community to be impacted by a devastating disaster, but it’s an incredible asset to have federal support when one strikes. It’s appalling that Trump is willing to use disaster funding as leverage against a state he hates or as a piggy bank for his pet projects. Trump refuses to reopen the government and work with Democrats on effective border security and has dragged our country into the longest shutdown in its history. Now, he wants to add disaster victims to the list of millions who are already suffering from this shutdown.”