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Dems slam Trump plan to move military construction funds for border wall
The Hill ^ | February 27, 2019 | Ellen Mitchell

Posted on 02/27/2019 5:17:55 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

House Democrats on Wednesday hammered Pentagon officials over President Trump's plan to move Defense Department military construction (MILCON) dollars to build his proposed southern border wall after declaring a national emergency.

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment Robert McMahon offered few new details on Trump’s plans to take $3.6 billion in MILCON funds for his project, effectively sidestepping Congress.

The lack of more information angered Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who heads the Appropriations Committee's sub-panel on military construction.

“I’m not sure what kind of chumps you think my colleagues and I are,” she told McMahon during a particularly testy exchange.

While McMahon assured lawmakers that no military construction projects already authorized by Congress will be canceled, “some current military construction projects may be deferred,” and the president’s fiscal year 2020 budget request “will include a request for funds to replenish funding for these projects.”

He also offered that to protect military readiness, the Pentagon will look to delay projects that “pose no or minimal operational readiness risks if deferred,” those scheduled to be awarded in the last half of the fiscal year, and recapitalization projects on existing facilities that could be put off for several months.

McMahon also said that no money would be taken away from housing for soldiers and their families.

Wasserman Schultz appeared particularly unsatisfied with an explanation from McMahon as to how the Pentagon would move funds between accounts without Congressional oversight.

“What I think we’re doing is executing the president’s, as commander-in- chief, direction to us to be able to fund a portion of the border wall in fiscal year 2019,”McMahon told Wasserman Schultz.

“Mr. Secretary you’re fooling no one, really,” she shot back. “I’m not sure what kind of chumps you think my colleagues and I are, but canceling, deferring, coming back in FY-20 to replace, all leads to the same thing, you are taking money from vital projects that the military previously said were essential, and spending that money on a wall, and then asking that money to be backfilled later in the next fiscal year, when we already had that debate, and the president’s proposal was rejected.”

Wasserman Schultz had already opened the hearing with strong words of condemnation for the president, who declared a national emergency earlier this month in order to shift funding to be used for his proposed border wall after Congress did not allocate the $5.7 billion he demanded in a spending agreement.

“We’re here today because the president has decided that his political agenda is, apparently, more important than our military readiness,” she said in her opening statement.

“What we are witnessing is a president who poses a direct threat to both our military families and America’s national security. . . . I oppose this dangerous gimmick.”

The subpanel appeared unanimous in their opposition to using military funds to build Trump’s wall, including ranking member Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), whose district butts up against Fort Hood Military Base.

“I share the president’s commitment to securing the border. . . . Yet while I stand with the president on this important national security issue, I will not do so at the expense of the soldiers and the families of Fort Hood,” Carter said in his opening remarks.

Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), meanwhile, asked for the Pentagon to inform Congress of the specific projects the Pentagon would delay, which officials said had not yet been decided on.

Democrats and some Republicans worry that Trump's declaration would undermine military readiness in their districts and beyond.

In addition to the move to grab $3.6 billion from MILCON, a separate executive action would allow Trump to use $2.5 billion from the Pentagon's counter-drug funds for the wall.

To push back, the House a day earlier voted 245-182 to block Trump's emergency declaration.

Trump has said that he will veto the measure if it reaches his desk.


TOPICS: Issues; Parties; U.S. Congress; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: borderwall; wall

1 posted on 02/27/2019 5:17:55 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dems slam Trump plan to........do anything, anytime, anywhere.


2 posted on 02/27/2019 5:21:38 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We could easily fill her in on the kind of chump we think she is.


3 posted on 02/27/2019 5:22:41 PM PST by bigbob (Trust Trump. Trust the Plan.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“We’re here today because the president has decided that his political agenda is, apparently, more important than our military readiness,” she said in her opening statement.

“What we are witnessing is a president who poses a direct threat to both our military families and America’s national security. . . . I oppose this dangerous gimmick.”

Democrats and some Republicans worry that Trump's declaration would undermine military readiness in their districts and beyond.

What a laugh.

The proglibs haven't given two hoots about the military in 20 years.

They are pizzed because they can not stop it with the usual lies, fake outrage, name calling and temper tantrums.

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4 posted on 02/27/2019 5:26:14 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dems heads should be slammed into the border wall.

They have nothing upstairs to damage anyway.


5 posted on 02/27/2019 5:26:30 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (President Trump is right! The media IS the enemy of the people!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How does a president sidestep congress by using legislation congress passed???


6 posted on 02/27/2019 5:27:09 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Ruth Bader Ginsburg doctor is a taxidermist.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why is this slimy scumbag not in prison for the Pakistani spy ring that was operating out of her office?


7 posted on 02/27/2019 5:31:42 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: bigbob

Ask her why the FBI was not allowed to check the DNC computers. How about those Awan brothers? Classified docs on Huma and the Wiener laptop?


8 posted on 02/27/2019 5:31:48 PM PST by redshawk (0pansy is a Liar and Hates.........he just hates!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Debbie Dumb Stump


9 posted on 02/27/2019 6:16:13 PM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We used to spend money building forts along the coast to repel invaders.

Now we can’t even build a fence.


10 posted on 02/27/2019 6:27:57 PM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents_Know Islam, No Peace-No Islam, Know Peace)
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"...The lack of more information angered Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)..."

That b**** should be in jail. I am astonished and disheartened at her even drawing a breath of free air.

11 posted on 02/27/2019 6:29:39 PM PST by rlmorel (If racial attacks were as common as the Left wants you to think, they wouldn't have to make them up.)
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To: Lurkinanloomin

If those illegals voted Republican, we’d have the Great Wall of America.


12 posted on 02/27/2019 6:29:40 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: TLI

The military’s mission is to protect the country.

People from other countries entering our country illegally is a threat to our country.

There is no logic to the argument that the military can’t be used to defend the country.


13 posted on 02/27/2019 6:30:29 PM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents_Know Islam, No Peace-No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...canceling, deferring, coming back in FY-20 to replace, all leads to the same thing, you are taking money from vital projects that the military previously said were essential, and spending that money on a wall, and then asking that money to be backfilled later in the next fiscal year, when we already had that debate, and the president’s proposal was rejected.”

Well...yeah.

That's exactly what's happening and it will be up to SCOTUS to sort it out.

14 posted on 02/27/2019 6:49:39 PM PST by semimojo
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To: redshawk

Ask her why the FBI was not allowed to check the DNC computers. How about those Awan brothers? Classified docs on Huma and the Wiener laptop?

______________________________

DWS is one of many domestic enemies of the Constitution in the dim party. A hundred years ago, she and her co-conspirators, would have already experienced the short rope tall tree cure for their treason. It aint to late.


15 posted on 02/27/2019 8:11:32 PM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“We’re here today because the president has decided that his political agenda is, apparently, more important than our military readiness,” she said in her opening statement.

Someone should give this Front Hole her teeth in a snack Baggie...

16 posted on 02/28/2019 2:18:01 AM PST by an amused spectator (Mitt Romney, Chuck Schumer's p*ssboy)
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman

The nail-studded baseball bat, too.


17 posted on 02/28/2019 2:18:40 AM PST by an amused spectator (Mitt Romney, Chuck Schumer's p*ssboy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WIN-NING


18 posted on 02/28/2019 11:03:59 AM PST by MrRelevant
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WIN-NING


19 posted on 02/28/2019 11:03:59 AM PST by MrRelevant
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