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Tue Apr 3, 2018, 04:23 AM

Pentagon can't transfer funding to Trump's border wall, Democratic senators say

Source: Washington Post

Pentagon can’t transfer funding to Trump’s border wall, Democratic senators say

By Seung Min Kim April 2 at 6:13 PM

Two powerful Democratic senators asserted Monday that the Pentagon has no power to reroute federal funding to President Trump’s prized border wall, after Trump began privately pressuring the military to delegate money toward construction of the barrier he had repeatedly promised during his 2016 campaign.

Sens. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Jack Reed of Rhode Island wrote to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday, asking the Pentagon whether it believes it can transfer defense funding to Trump’s border wall. But the two Democrats made clear that they believe such a move would be illegal, while wasting money set aside for other, more pressing military needs.

“Such a controversial move could only be funded by cutting other vital priorities for our service members, mere weeks after the Department communicated its needs to the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee during omnibus appropriation negotiations,” Durbin and Reed wrote to Mattis.

They added that after reviewing appropriations law, “we conclude that the Department of Defense has no legal authority, with or without a reprogramming request, to use appropriated funds for the construction of a border wall.” The Pentagon secured about $700 billion in the spending package that Trump reluctantly signed into law last month.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Apr 3, 2018, 04:59 AM

1. If trump wants it so damn bad, why doesn't he cough up some money to pay for it?

Never mind. I know, I know...

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Apr 3, 2018, 05:13 AM

2. Hahahahahaha!

Asshole can't get his stupid wall.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Apr 3, 2018, 05:59 AM

3. Pffft

Like the MIC is gonna take its grubby paws off our money.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Apr 3, 2018, 07:25 AM

4. "after reviewing appropriations law"

I have been yelling this for months now. Doing what they insist on doing would violate appropriations law and be an unauthorized procurement. The Executive branch cannot re-program money for other uses beyond what Congress has designated those funds for.

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