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You know how it is: You’re a Republican congressperson, tasked by your petty orange overlord with scrounging up $2 billion as a “down payment” on his magical, transparent, immigration-solving wall. But just when you thought you’d found the perfect spot to siphon off some precious WallBucks—i.e., the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s basically superfluous disaster relief account—dang if a massive, life-destroying hurricane doesn’t suddenly sweep in, making you look like some kind of jerk for trying to compromise America’s actual security in favor of hypothetical, immigrant-based fears.

That’s the scenario reported on by The Associated Press this week, which points out that a Republican spending bill soon to come up for consideration includes measures to cut $876 million from FEMA’s disaster relief funds (i.e., about a third of the total fund), even as Hurricane Harvey continues to wreck massive devastation on Texas. That money would instead go toward Donald Trump’s efforts to build a wall on the U.S.’s Southern border, a measure that might stop a few people from illegally immigrating into the country, but won’t do shit to keep torrential rains out of Houston.

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Luckily, per the AP, the bill is likely to be defeated by the most powerful force currently operating in our country: optics. GOP leaders are expected to walk back on the cuts, searching around for a funding source that won’t be quite so politically toxic to pull money from.