President Trump’s border wall may have just gotten a huge financial boost. The Pentagon has identified over $12 billion dollars which could be used to fund construction.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Pentagon finds $12.8 billion for Trump’s border wall
The Defense Department has identified $12.8 billion in possible funding that it could use to fulfill President Trump’s call for a border wall.
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., released the 20-page spreadsheet on Twitter Monday night.
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.
Using these funds would likely mean cuts would be made in other places.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports:
Pentagon: Millions could be cut from Ga. military projects to cover border wall
President Donald Trump could siphon upwards of $260 million from Georgia military construction projects to pay for a wall on the Southern border, according to a Pentagon estimate being circulated by Senate Democrats.
Funding for more than a half-dozen Army, Navy and Air Force projects from Albany to Augusta could be affected. That includes $99 million for a cyber instructional facility at Fort Gordon, nearly $31 million for a hangar at Moody Air Force base and more than $75 million for a combat vehicle warehouse and body repair shop at Albany’s Marine Corps Logistics Base.
It’s still unclear which specific projects the Trump administration will effectively delay to cover $3.6 billion in new border barrier, and not all of the projects on the Pentagon’s $12.9 billion list will ultimately be tapped for funding.
If recent history is any guide, Democrats will surely try to find a way to block this funding.
Trump should do whatever it takes to get it done.