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.
FEMA said the diverted funds are less than 1 percent of the agency's total operational expenses and it has a separate account totaling $25 billion that it uses for disaster responses.
Subsequently, Homeland Security Press Secretary Tyler Houlton disputed the fact DHS shifted disaster relief funding away from FEMA.
Numerous transfers came from key national security programs, including $1.8 million from the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, $9.8 million from FEMA, $29 million from the U.S. Coast Guard and more than $34 million from several TSA programs.
A DHS spokesperson acknowledged the funds had been redirected but said the transfer didn't jeopardize FEMA's relief efforts.
DHS says that since the money had not been spent, authorization to do so was going to expire at the end of the fiscal year on September 30.
"It wasn't enough to crawl 1000's of early life out of the hands of their fogeys-the administration chose to in part pay for this horrific program by eradicating from the flexibility to answer to effort from this year's upcoming and doubtlessly devastating hurricane season", he talked about.
FEMA Administrator Brock Long also insisted that the funding given to ICE did not come from the disaster relief fund.
Merkley's office said he found the reallocation concerning given last season's hurricane response, when the agency was criticized for its handling of Hurricane Maria.
The CNN also received a copy of the document from the Democrat's office.
Merkley, appearing Tuesday night on "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, said the Trump administration was taking money from FEMA's "response and recovery" and "working hard to find funds for additional detention camps".
But it's unclear exactly when the money from FEMA was reallocated as the document simply notes Fiscal Year 2018 but does not include an exact date.
"There is an increasing risk of life-threatening impacts from Florence: Storm surge at the coast, freshwater flooding from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event inland and damaging hurricane-force winds", warned the National Hurricane Service in the beginning of this week.
FEMA said the biggest danger was the storm surge - a wall of water from the sea which could reach 20ft high.
"FEMA and first responders are out there", Trump said. The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall in North Carolina Friday morning.
Among the $10 million used to be coming from FEMA lessons including "Response and Recovery", "Mitigation" and "Preparedness and Security" - lessons that enact non-public some catastrophe response work nevertheless also quilt the administrative costs that scuttle into such work.
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