Pentagon lists possible project cuts to pay for border wall
21 March, 2019, 17:13 | Author: Carlos George
The document includes more than $12.8 billion in projects that the Defense Department conceivably could tap under the emergency Trump has declared on the border. Jack Reed, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The 20-page list of military construction projects that might be cut to pay for President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border contains millions for projects in Trumbull County.
The Pentagon has not said which of the hundreds of projects on the list would be cut or delayed to build the wall.
According to an accompanying statement, the list is a complete accounting of all projects still unawarded as of December 31, 2018.
On the House side, Evan Hollander, a spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee, said Congress had been seeking the list for weeks and found little in its release to clarify what projects could be targeted.
An aerial view of the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on August 30, 2018.
"This is not the secretary of defense in my view, this is the White House wanting to hold the list back because they worry that if senators and House members saw the potential projects that were going to be ransacked to pay for the president's wall, they would lose votes".
Both the Senate and the House have now passed a "motion of disapproval" against the national emergency and Trump last Friday signed a veto of the motion, the first veto of his presidency.
"The appearance of any project within the pool does not mean that the project will, in fact, be used to source section 2808 projects", the Pentagon said in the statement. Only on Wednesday, the Senate had voted against the will Trumps a majority for a Resolution, with the help of the USA aid to Saudi Arabia led and highly controversial military operation in Yemen to stop. "We have got to stop this flood of narcotics coming across our southern border, and we also have to stop the inhumane treatment of human traffickers to children". (Joshua Philipp/The Epoch Times) Marlene Castro, supervisory Border Patrol agent, speaks to a group of unaccompanied minors and also two men who crossed the Rio Grande River from Mexico into the United States in Hidalgo County, Texas, on May 26, 2017.
President Trump has issued his first Presidential veto, overriding a resolution to reign in his national emergency declaration in order to get border wall funding.
Another possible $3.6 billion from military construction for the wall was included in a $9.2 billion "emergency fund" that was part of the administration's overall $750 billion request for next fiscal year.
Over the weekend, Kaine questioned whether the plan to deliver the list after a Senate vote to rebuke the president's emergency declaration, which was scheduled for Thursday as well, was politically motivated.
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"In February, 76,000 people were detained at our southwestern border". An additional 10,000 were detained after presenting at a port of entry without proper paperwork.
The president's veto message noted that human floods of caravans from the south seeking to cross illegally into our territory are at record levels, and that, "Criminal organizations are taking advantage of these large flows of families and unaccompanied minors to conduct unsafe illegal activity, including human trafficking, drug smuggling, and brutal killings".
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