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Pentagon releases possible cuts to pay for wall

21 March 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, has scheduled a March 26 vote to override the veto, although it appears that both the House and the Senate lacked the two-thirds majority necessary to override.

Last month, Trump declared a national emergency in an effort to build a wall at the USA southern border after not being able to get funding approval from Congress.

But that strategy could have the opposite effect, given the Pentagon's disclosure that the funds are, indeed, available for President Trump to build the wall he has long promised to supporters after Congress refused his request during budget negotiations.

"I think there are three different issues here", Sasse said.

"This appears to be nothing more than another stall tactic created to delay the political consequences of President Trump's emergency declaration", Hollander said.

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"We should distinguish a lot more between campaigning and governance", Sasse said.

The fact sheet also states the final amount of funding needed for the wall will be based on the cost of approved border-barrier projects requested by the Department of Homeland Security.

During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last week, Sen.

"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".

The Pentagon on Monday delivered the list to lawmakers wanting to know which projects might be affected. She said Inhofe will continue working with defence officials "to determine projects that would allow for the use of the armed forces without negatively affecting any military construction projects". The projects span the country, overseas and every branch of military service.

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The Pentagon has told lawmakers that it will not tap military construction projects already contracted or that will be contracted in fiscal 2019, which began in October.

It also includes projects in Arizona that Shanahan had said would not be touched.

A project for Truax Field is on the list of possible cuts the Pentagon has sent to Congress to help pay for a border wall.

In a letter to Shanahan, Garamendi and Rep Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., the committee's ranking Republican, asked for the list of projects, details on how diverting the funds would affect their completion date, and justification for how doing so would help with national security, as required under the law that regulates national emergency declarations.

Senator Jack Reed, the top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, released the list of at-risk military projects to the media, and criticized Trump for his plans to use military funding for the wall. "I hope my colleagues in Congress will take a serious look at the projects that support our military in their own states and then vote to override the president's veto".

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Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday to block a measure passed by Democrats and Republicans in Congress that would terminate his emergency declaration for a wall on the US border with Mexico to stem illegal immigration and crime.

Pentagon releases possible cuts to pay for wall