Campos, the former vice president, is now a senator and an outspoken advocate for flood-resistant housing in the Rio.
But he said the new funds will help fund more robust flood defenses that he believes will ultimately save lives.
“We’re going to do this for our country, not for our friends,” Campos said, adding that he’s “100 percent” in favor of flood-proofing the Rio Valley.
“It’s not just for the benefit of the residents of the Rio, but for the people of the United States.
We have to build a wall.”
Campos also said he was “100%” in support of President Donald Trump’s proposed $1 billion to fight wildfires in the western U.S. during a news conference.
“President Trump has made it clear he’s going to put a huge amount of resources into combating wildfires in this country,” Campo said.
“This is something that has got to be done.”
The funds would come from a $1 trillion firefighting package the U.N. agreed to in May that included an additional $1,000 per person for each person to help with firefighting expenses.
Trump, however, has been vague about exactly how much the money would be spent on wildfire protection.
In a tweet on Friday, he wrote: “I’m sure that many in Congress will be shocked to hear about my plan to spend $1B to help fight wildfires.
But don’t worry, we have a very detailed plan that we have to keep secret from the public.
https://t.co/xC5X4qzkY8″ “It will be a lot more than $1 Billion for firefighting,” Camps said.
He said the money will be needed to help states, which will get the funds from federal funds, “but we will also be reimbursed for the cost of all the equipment we’re going in and the equipment that is going out.”
Pablo Campos: I’m 100% in favor…of flood-safe flood protection.
I’m not in favor.
— Senator Joe Manchin (@SenManchin) August 28, 2019 The wildfires burning in California, New York and Texas have killed more than 100 people.
Trump’s budget request also included $1 million to assist communities with flood control, as well as $400 million for disaster recovery efforts, including $250 million for the National Guard.
Jerry Brown said Friday that he will ask Congress for $1billion to fight the wildfires.
“I think that we’re getting closer and closer to the tipping point where there’s no other way to handle this,” Brown said on NBC’s “Today” show.