Pentagon Announces $1 Billion Transfer For Border Barriers, Angering Democrats

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The Pentagon announced Monday night that it has authorized the transfer of up to $1 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers to build additional barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that drew sharp objections from Democratic lawmakers.

The shift in funds, which the Pentagon justified under President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, will facilitate the construction of 57 miles of “pedestrian fencing,” road construction and lighting along stretches of the border in Arizona and Texas.

Ten senators, including Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, objected to the move, saying in a letter that the Pentagon had not sought approval of congressional defense committees.

“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,” said the letter to acting secretary of defense Patrick Shanahan and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. “The $1 billion reprogramming that the Department is implementing without congressional approval constitutes a dollar-for-dollar theft from other readiness needs of our Armed Forces.”

Although the clash highlighted ongoing tensions between the Trump administration and Democrats in Congress, the move was in keeping with what the administration has pledged to try to make good on Trump’s marquee promise of a border wall.

Earlier this month, Trump vetoed a measure passed by both the House and Senate to nullify his declaration of a national emergency at the border. Trump is using the measure to spend more on border barrier funding than Congress has authorized.

The $1 billion outlay announced Monday night would help “block drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States in support of counter-narcotic activities of Federal law enforcement agencies,” the Pentagon said.

(c) 2019, The Washington Post · John Wagner, Erica Werner 

{Matzav.com}

3 COMMENTS

  1. Something the democRATS never did of course a la solyndra etc because the democrats are only interested in the betterment of this country (yea right)

  2. DO YOU WANT THIS TO HAPPEN IN AMERICA??????? THEN BUILD THE WALL!!!!!!!!!!!

    (Infowars) – In an address to Al-Aqsa mosque-goers, Palestinian cleric Abu Taqi Al-Din Al-Dari said that France will become an Islamic state because it will mostly be inhabited by Muslims by 2050.
    “France will become an Islamic country through jihad; the entire world will be subject to Islamic rule,” the cleric said.
    Al-Dari said that this would happen because young European natives are not getting married, settling down and having children whereas Muslims have a high fertility rate and have lots of children.
    “Muslims must have a country that will bring Islam….to the people of the west through jihad for the sake of Allah,” said Al-Dari.
    Al-Dari then referenced how the Ottoman Empire previously conquered European countries and that “these events portend that the Islamic nation is capable of returning to its former self and spreading Islam.”
    The cleric said that this would be accomplished in one of three ways.
    “Conversion to Islam, payment of the jizya poll tax, or we will ask for Allah’s help and fight them until the entire world is subject to the rule of Islam,” he concluded.
    Over the last few months, France has been rocked by Yellow Vest protests in major cities. One of the reasons given for the demonstrations is that French people feel their culture is being subsumed by mass migration.
    18% of babies born in France are now being given Islamic names while the country’s Muslim population stands at around 8% of the total.
    In one area of Paris alone, St. Denis, there are 400,000 illegal immigrants, the majority of them Muslims.
    As philosopher Eric Zemmour warned in a recent speech, areas of France are now completely outside the control of police and are being run by Arab gangs who have imposed de facto Sharia law.
    “We aren’t in France any longer,” said Zemmour.

  3. The more important question one should be asking of our government, is, what really happened at the Pentagon on Sep 11th? What happened to all those lost documents? Why was there an explosion on the INSIDE of the Pentagon? How can a jetliner fly at ground level, traveling at high speeds, without knocking into any buildings, guardrails, traffic poles, electric lines, tree’s, etc…
    No pictures? No videos? No witnesses?

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