Pentagon: Here’s what’s on the chopping block to pay for a border wall

Matt Saintsing
March 18, 2019 - 5:45 pm

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Ben K. Navratil

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The Pentagon on Monday gave Congress a head’s up on a list of construction projects they could potentially delay to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 
And head’s up, it’s a lot. 

Not a single state is spared on the list of would-be cuts on plans for military installation upkeep, but the list of global impacting everything from barracks in Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, to an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) hanger in Korea, to ammunition storage at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and others. 

The list is a 21-page spreadsheet that would make any PowerPoint warrior’s eyes bleed. 

“Decisions have not yet been made concerning which border barrier projects will be funded” through such authorities, the document reads. 

If Congress approves the Defense Department budget request, however, no military construction project would be delayed or canceled. That’s because the impending cuts plan to start after September 30, 2019. 

The document was not well received on Capitol Hill. 

“What President Trump is doing is a slap in the face to our military that makes our border and the country less secure,” said Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.), the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee. 

“He is planning to take funds from real, effective operational priorities and needed projects and divert them to his vanity wall.” 

He added that the move could help Trump politically as it would “help shore up” his base, “but could come at the expense of our military bases and the men and women of our Armed Forces who rely on them.” 

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The ongoing national emergency over the border allows the president to tap into billions set aside for military construction projects that have already been approved by Congress but are not officially began.

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 The list provided would not cancel any project but would delay them, the Pentagon stressed. 

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Click here to see what could be on the chopping block. 

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