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US'We have people counting on that': Fla. governor weighs in on using hurricane funds for border wall

21:06  11 january  2019
21:06  11 january  2019 Source:   tampabay.com

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Paying for Hurricanes , Storms, Floods, Fires. We have contacted the Trump Administration to secure a point of contact where all the funds will go upon completion. • We are working with a law firm on a legal document that will bind the government to using the funds for the border wall itself

Hurricane Matthew began lashing Florida ’s east coast on Thursday afternoon and evening as the state’s governor , Rick Scott, warned that lives would be The governor had criticized the president in September for being slow to sign a similar declaration for the six counties affected by Hurricane

'We have people counting on that': Fla. governor weighs in on using hurricane funds for border wall© Wilfredo Lee/AP Photo Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Miami.

Ron DeSantis hasn't even finished his first week as Florida governor and he already appears to be on a collision course with the man who helped him get the job: President Donald Trump.

On Friday, DeSantis said that it would not be acceptable for Trump to take funds from hurricane relief to be used toward the border wall.

"We have people counting on that," he told reporters. "If they backfill it immediately after the government opens, that's fine but I don't want that to be where that money is not available for us."

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North Carolina Governor Begs Trump To End Shutdown So State Can Use Hurricane Aid North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) on Wednesday implored President Donald Trump to end the partial government shutdown in order to unlock funds meant to help the battered state recover from a destructive hurricane season. The shutdown, which began Dec. 22, poses a significant risk to North Carolina’s farming economy and its ability to rebuild after deadly Hurricane Florence pummeled the state in September, Cooper wrote in a letter to the president. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Hurricane Matthew continued its powerful advance toward Florida 's east coast Thursday night as the storm's outer Hurricane Matthew closes in on Florida . Adam and Alec Selent watch waves crash over a retainer wall at the Ocean Club condominiums in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, on October 7.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the hurricane was expected to remain a powerful storm as it moved through the Florida Keys and near the state’s west coast. Of couse we can use other means to estimate the climatic past.

DeSantis' comments came after news broke Thursday night that Trump, his political benefactor, was considering using disaster funding intended for storm-damaged Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and for wildfire recovery in California to pay for the wall at the border. Trump has mentioned several times that he's considering declaring a national emergency so he can bypass the standoff with Congressional Democrats over the $5.7 billion in wall funding.

Such a Plan B for Trump would almost certainly put him at odds with DeSantis.

A former Navy lawyer, DeSantis said he's unsure of the legality of Trump's national emergency Hail Mary.

"In all my years in Congress we never dealt with this idea of an emergency so I just need to look at the law," he said. "My sense, just as somebody who studied the Constitution, the president wouldn't be able to just appropriate his own money under any circumstances. You may be able to repurpose some money. I'm not sure how that works."

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The Jackson County , Florida , sheriff's office also reported three dead in the county , but did not specify any causes of death. Hurricane Michael charged through Florida and into Georgia on Wednesday, lashing the Panhandle with rains and heavy winds. more +.

Hurricane Irma was an extremely powerful and catastrophic Cape Verde hurricane , the strongest observed in the Atlantic in terms of maximum sustained winds since Wilma

DeSantis added that he's not spoken to Trump about this matter, and did not say if he has plans to do so. One of the hallmarks of his campaign last year was that Florida would have a close relationship with the White House because of his political relationship with Trump, whose endorsement helped DeSantis beat a more established candidate in Adam Putnam in the GOP primary.

DeSantis' comments Friday struck a different tone than when he was asked about the shutdown on Thursday - before news broke that Florida's hurricane funding could be in sacrificed for the border wall. DeSantis said then that he has his "hands full down here," indicating he didn't want to get involved in all the "political posturing" in Washington.

DeSantis toured some of the worst of Hurricane Michael's damage in Mexico Beach on Wednesday, a trip he said was "really, really powerful." On Thursday, he announced a sweeping executive order to address toxic algae blooms aimed at cleaning up Florida's water.

Exclusive: Pentagon preparing options to build border wall as Trump weighs emergency declaration

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• The system that was once Hurricane Florence, and which has killed at least 10 people in North Carolina and six in South Carolina, has Councilors were concerned that the barrier, while allowing traffic to reach the South Carolina coast, would drastically increase flooding behind it, endangering as

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But progress on both the issues of hurricane recovery and environmental cleanup have been stunted by the partial federal government shutdown, which began at midnight on Dec. 22.

The shutdown has meant federal scientists researching Red Tide are at home instead of in their labs tracking the toxic algae as it has subsequently popped back up near the beaches of Sarasota and Manatee counties.

And as the New York Times reported, it's intensified the hardships in the Panhandle where government employees who were already struggling post-hurricane are now making due without paychecks. Meanwhile, the website for the Federal Emergency Management Agency is not being "actively managed" during the shutdown, per a disclaimer on the site, which adds: "We will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted."

(Bradenton Herald staff writer Mark Young contributed to this report.)

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