The Pentagon finds $12.8 billion that could be reallocated to the construction of President Trump’s border wall on the U.S.–Mexico border.
The Department of Defense has released a 20-page spreadsheet of military projects that have more funds than was needed.
Imagine that money that was going to be wasted is actually being used. We all know there is a boatload more money where this came from!
.@realDonaldTrump acted within his legal authority to declare a national emergency at our southern border.
This security and humanitarian crisis requires immediate attention.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) March 19, 2019
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
The Pentagon stated:
To identify the potential pool of sources of military construction funds, DoD will apply the following criteria:
• No military construction projects that already have been awarded, and no military construction projects with FY 2019 award dates will be impacted.
• No military housing, barracks, or dormitory projects will be impacted.
• The pool of potential military construction projects from which funding could be reallocated to support the construction of border barrier are solely projects with award dates after September 30, 2019.
For comprehensiveness, attached is a complete pool of all projects that were unawarded as of December 31, 2018. Once the above criteria is applied, the pool has a total value that is in excess of the amount needed to source potential section 2808 projects. The appearance of any project within the pool does not mean that the project will, in fact, be used to source section 2808 projects.
Did the Department of Defense realize that, if Congress wasn’t going to allocate the appropriate funds to border security, then the duty falls upon them to defend the country so they’ll re-allocated funds according to a new set of priorities?
A wall will reduce the opportunity for illegal immigration and human trafficking, cross-border civil and human rights violations, and facilitate processing and quarantine of refugees.