A handful of washed up “conservative” voices are going to be gnashing their teeth when they hear the latest about the border wall. President Donald Trump and his administration are rolling ahead with a plan to use $3.6 Billion earmarked for military construction for building the new steel barrier on the southern border instead.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper called congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), on Tuesday to detail the decision to reprogram the money away from military construction projects and to the border.
Schumer, who has projects in his home state that will be impacted, panned the decision as a “slap in the face” to members of the military….
“The president is trying to usurp Congress’s exclusive power of the purse and loot vital funds from our military. Robbing the Defense Department of much- needed funds is an affront to our service members and Congress will strongly oppose any funds for new wall construction,” he added.
Pelosi told House Democrats on a caucus-wide conference call on Tuesday that Esper also informed her of the move earlier in the day, according to a call participant.
Given that the building of the wall along the southern border is considered to be a national security issue according to Executive Order, President Trump and his team are using money that is mean for that purpose to supplement the measly $1.35 billion Congress Critters thought was enough for the wall in the last defense spending bill.
Republicans bristled over Trump’s decision to declare the national emergency to get wall funding but Congress was unable to override Trump’s veto of a resolution to nix the declaration. Democrats have pledged to force another vote this fall.
As part of the declaration, Trump announced that he would reshuffle $3.6 billion from military construction projects. Republicans are promising to “back fill” the money in the upcoming government funding bills though that requires cooperation from Democrats.
In the meantime, roughly 127 military construction projects are being put on hold, half of which are overseas and half are planned U.S. projects, according to the Pentagon.
Despite Congress and their machinations to make it look like they are doing something about border security all while bringing home the bacon, President Trump is serious about building the wall. It would serve “lawmakers” well to get with the program.