Sen. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, is feuding with the Trump administration over what he says used to be its execrable shift of $10 million from FEMA to immigration enforcement - funds he talked about must be mature for catastrophe reduction.
"It's nearly guaranteed to happen again", said Merkley, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which oversees and approves federal spending.
While it's not uncommon for agencies to move money around, FEMA's budget was decimated previous year due to the barrage of storms and fires that affected the nation and the agency was criticized heavily for its handling of the disaster in Puerto Rico.
The transfers also came just as the "zero tolerance" immigration policy came into force.
Tyler Houlton, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, bashed Merkley's claims as "a sorry attempt to push a false agenda".
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Tuesday night on the FEMA transfer, and Wednesday night on the Coast Guard transfer. The deal would keep the government open using a series of spending bills, including a "continuing resolution" that would fund federal agencies through December 7. Merkley, who is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told Maddow that the document he released was "the notification document that would have come to the Appropriations Committee, specifically to the chair of [the subcommittee on] Homeland Security".
This time - as Hurricane Florence and a series of other storms barrel toward the USA - the Department of Homeland Security division charged with responding to disasters says it's prepared even as the agency defends its 2017 response.
The news of the investigation comes as the east coast of the United States braces for Hurricane Florence.
"The money in question - transferred to ICE from FEMA's routine operating expenses - could not have been used for hurricane response due to appropriation limitations", Houlton said. "DHS/FEMA stand fiscally and operationally ready to support current and future response and recovery needs". It details the effects the transfer would have on FEMA's operations and from where in the budget the money would come.
The document shows the money is coming from the budget for travel, training, public engagement and IT instead of disaster relief.
The document, which was released by the office of Senator Jeff Merkley, of OR, shows that the money would come from FEMA's operations and support budget and was transferred into accounts at ICE to pay for detention and removal operations.
Trump said on Tuesday that the government was "absolutely, totally prepared" for the hurricane bearing down on the Carolinas.
"The bottom line is, I'm asking people to heed all the warnings that are put forward", said Long, adding the storm could make landfall as a category four or five storm.
DHS and ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the overruns.
Jaddou said the document suggests the Trump administration would rather separate families "and detain and deport parents [than] prepare for hurricanes". Almost 3,000 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Like other left-wing media, the Post's report also trashed the Trump administration's response to last year's hurricane season, saying FEMA was "woefully unprepared" for Maria's hit on Puerto Rico and "low-income" people still need help a year after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas.