Democrats Fight Pentagon Plan to Fund Border Wall Construction
House Democrats are fighting the Department of Defense after it was announced yesterday the Pentagon would divert up to $1 billion in funding to begin construction President Trump’s border wall, according to Fox News.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) called the plan “unbelievably irresponsible” and said in a statement that “DoD’s recent notification of its intent to use that process to reprogram $1 billion without Congressional approval is a violation of that trust.”
On Monday, the Pentagon informed Congress that 10 U.S.C. § (b) (7) 248 enables the department to “construct roads and fences and to install lighting to block drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States in support of counter-narcotic activities of Federal law enforcement agencies.”
Fox News reports: During a hearing with acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and other Pentagon leaders, Smith sent a letter from the committee to the Defense Department denying its formal request to shift the money. The panel doesn’t have the legal authority to block the transfer but could make changes in the law to block any funding shifts in the future.
“You are not asking for our permission,” Smith told Shanahan. “Now you understand the result of that likely is that the appropriations committee will no longer give the Pentagon reprogramming authority.”
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