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Trump planning to use billions more in military funds to build border wall, per report

Trump planning to use billions more in military funds to build border wall, per report

While the Trump administration awaits a final decision on a federal lawsuit blocking the use of military construction funds to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, the White House is planning to re-route more than $3 billion more this year, the Washington Post reported Monday.

The plan is to divert $3.7 billion from an account designated for building training centers, schools and other facilities on military bases, according to internal documents leaked to the newspaper. Another $3.5 billion would come from counter-drug operations.

Key Republican and Democratic lawmakers were not happy and seemed to be caught off-guard. Neither Senate Appropriations Committee Richard Shelby, R-Ala., nor Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee Chairman John Boozman, R-Ark., appeared to have been given a head’s up by the White House.

“I wish they wouldn’t take (wall funding) out of defense. I want to build the wall, I supported direct appropriations for it and fought for it—but we have to evaluate what this does to the military, what it affects, where and how,” Shelby said, adding that nobody should be surprised the administration repeated the tactic, after it worked last year.

Boozman said he was reaching out to see if the White House would scale back the number and what the “unintended consequences” might be for moving the money.

“The only thing I know about it is what I’ve read, so we are in the process of exploring. I’m certainly very supportive of the wall at the southern border,” Boozman said. “But also I’m very supportive of the fact that our MilCon dollars are underfunded to begin with.

Spokesmen for the White House and Defense Department did not immediately respond to Military Times requests for comment.

The figure is a $200 million boost from the Pentagon funds the administration used to build the border barriers in 2019, paying for about 885 miles of construction, according to the Post.

New Zealand police plan to recover bodies from volcanic island on Friday

Police in New Zealand are planning to go to the volcanic White Island on Friday to retrieve bodies of people killed in this week’s eruption, while the known death toll from the disaster climbed to eight.… READ MORE : https://www.euronews.com/2019/12/11/live-rising-seismic-activity-hampering-recovery-efforts-on-new-zealand-s-white-island … read more