Opinion| President Donald Trump issued his very first veto to a bill recently, and since then there has been a lot of talk about where the funds would come from to build his proposed barrier along the country’s southern border, which was included in his border security package.
Since then, the Defense Department has reportedly allotted $12.8 billion in potential funding which could be used to follow through on President Trump’s call for a southern border wall. Democratic Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island posted the 20-page spreadsheet to Twitter on Monday evening.
Take a look at the spreadsheet below:
The Washington Examiner reports:
Trump last month declared a national emergency at the border, and said he wants to use $3.6 billion for border wall projects. The Pentagon’s list said it has found possible funding sources that are “in excess of the amount needed.”
But it’s not clear which projects the Defense Department will draw from. Some states that have been allocated big chunks of money that haven’t been spent could see a hit.
California, for example, was identified as having more than $700 million in unused Army and Navy military construction that could be used. Hawaii has more than $400 million that could be used.
More than $200 million in similar funding allocated for Hawaii, Maine, New York, North Carolina, Guam, Germany, Guam, and Guantanamo Bay Cuba are also on the list.
Reed warned in his tweet that “military bases in your state could be negatively impacted” by Trump’s border emergency.
Senator Jack Reed tweeted, “Trump Admin finally releases its list of at-risk #milcon projects that could be put on the chopping block in order to divert billions to pay for Trump’s ineffective #borderwall. Take a look – military bases in your state could be negatively impacted.”
Trump Admin finally releases its list of at-risk #milcon projects that could be put on the chopping block in order to divert billions to pay for Trump’s ineffective #borderwall. Take a look – military bases in your state could be negatively impacted.
— Senator Jack Reed (@SenJackReed) March 18, 2019
The Washington Examiner reported that a resolution was passed by Congress in order to disapprove the President’s request for emergency funding. This was vetoed by Trump, and it’s not expected that lawmakers will have enough votes to reverse it.
DavidHarrisJr.com explains, “We need to be paying more attention to the needs of our own citizens. We have homeless veterans in desperate need of medical and psychiatric care to overcome the ravages of PTSD and wartime injuries. We literally have tons of opioids and the deadly painkiller Fentanyl coming across the border thanks to the cartels, and human traffickers exploiting women and children for perverts using them for their sexual gratification.”