Pentagon identifies $12.8 billion for wall

Pentagon identifies $12.8 billion for wall

Pentagon identifies $12.8 billion for wall

Trump proposed using his declaration to steer $3.6 billion in military construction projects to wall constructions. Defense Department officials say some projects listed won't be cut.

They include military housing, school building repairs, hazardous material facilities, security measures, naval piers and airfields. The military has roughly $12.9 billion in already funded projects that have not yet been started.

At Cherry Point Air Station, almost $154 million is listed, including $23.3 million for airfield security improvements, $60 million for a new maintenance hangar, and $15.7 million for an F-35B test facility.

Under the national emergency declared at the southern border by President Donald Trump on February 15, the administration has been seeking an initial $3.6 billion from military construction projects to fund additional construction of the wall. "And at the level of governance, we ought to be dealing with the crisis at the southern border, which is real, and we ought to be reforming the National Emergencies Act, which gives too much power to presidents, going forward".

A bipartisan majority in Congress responded by passing a resolution to overturn the president's emergency declaration.

Evan Hollander, a spokesperson for Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, also reacted angrily stating: "Today's submission is just a list that tells Congress what projects it already approved, and is nothing more than another stall tactic created to delay the political consequences of President Trump's emergency declaration". However, many other projects that affect the quality of life for those in the military could be affected.

That led to confusion and complaints on Capitol Hill.

"This list is wholly insufficient and just tells Congress what projects it already approved", said Evan Hollander, a spokesman for Representative Nita Lowey, a Democrat and chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee.

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.

A $15 million ground equipment facility at Davis Monthan Air Force Base.

At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the budget March 14, Shanahan agreed to the requests of several senators for the list of military construction projects.

Inhofe looks forward to working with military officials to "determine projects that would allow for the use of the armed forces without negatively affecting any military construction projects", the spokeswoman added.

The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to request for comment.

The White House has said the military construction money will be used to pay for the wall only after other funding sources have been used.

Democrats pushed for the list to be released in hopes of rallying members of Congress to vote to override the president's veto of legislation blocking his national emergency declaration - but their strategy could backfire.

"Now that members of Congress can see the potential impact this proposal could have on projects in their home states, I hope they will take that into consideration before the vote to override the President's veto", Reed said.

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