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Trump’s $12 billion plan to prevent flooding opposed in Congress

Advocates for changing U.S. disaster policy say the obstacles are significant, even in a year when the costs of inaction were made so evident. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)

The Trump administration’s proposed $12 billion initiative to reduce future flood damage met with skepticism in Congress, as lawmakers warned against diverting emergency funding away from hurricane survivors.

“We’ve got folks who are suffering,” said Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican congressman from Florida and chairman of the House panel responsible for that funding. “We’ve got to deal with that right now.”