By: Brian Evans
On Monday night, CNN obtained a Pentagon budget notification that was sent to Congress, which showed that $1 Billion has been authorized to go towards building 57 miles of the border wall to secure the nation! CNN reported that…
The Department of Defense authorized the Army Corp of Engineers to begin planning and construction for the project Monday night. The department will direct the funds toward 18-foot-high fencing along the Yuma and El Paso sections of the border, according to a letter acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan sent to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.
In addition to the $1 Billion, President Trump is planning on redirecting another $1.5 Billion soon, in an effort to secure the border!
Reports indicate that the Democrats leaked the documents to CNN, and they are strenuously objecting to the money transfer! In fact, the report indicates that every single Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s subcommittees on Defense and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs signed a letter objecting the transfer of money. The Democrats said that the Pentagon did not seek permission before redirecting the money. They said…
“We strongly object to both the substance of the funding transfer, and to the Department implementing the transfer without seeking the approval of the congressional defense committees and in violation of provisions in the defense appropriation itself,” the senators wrote. “As a result, we have serious concerns that the Department has allowed political interference and pet projects to come ahead of many near-term, critical readiness issues facing our military.”
The letter was signed by Sens. Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont; Dick Durbin, Democrat of Illinois; Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island; Brian Schatz, Democrat of Hawaii; Jon Tester, Democrat of Montana; Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington; Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut; Tammy Baldwin, Democrat of Wisconsin; Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California; and Tom Udall, Democrat of New Mexico.
However, the Pentagon doesn’t have to get Congressional permission to transfer those funds under the law. Regardless, they continue to balk and threaten lawsuits! In the meantime, the President will continue to fulfill his campaign promise, as he continues to “Build The Wall”!