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From the ”you can’t make this shit up” department, Republicans want to cut nearly $1 billion dollars from the disaster relief accounts to pay for Donald Trump’s wall.

You remember that border wall, right? The one Trump said Mexico was paying for and that he keeps using as a way to attack immigrants? These Republicans are something else. They will do anything for Trump, even if it cripples current and future disaster relief efforts.

President Donald Trump is promising billions to help Texas rebuild from Hurricane Harvey, but his Republican allies in the House are looking at cutting almost $1 billion from disaster accounts to help finance the president’s border wall.

The pending reduction to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief account is part of a spending bill that the House is scheduled to consider next week when Congress returns from its August recess. The $876 million cut, part of the 1,305-page measure’s homeland security section, pays for roughly half the cost of Trump’s down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

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