The Pentagon Approves $1 Billion Transfer to Start Border Wall Construction

The Pentagon Approves $1 Billion Transfer to Start Border Wall Construction

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Monday night, the Pentagon authorized the transfer of $1 billion dollars to start the construction of the border wall between the US and Mexico. Of course the Democratic started objecting the decision immediately, saying in a letter that the Pentagon had not sought approval of congressional defense committees. The Pentagon sent out a notice to Capital Hill regarding their budget  update that showed the $1 billion approval for the 57 mile fencing, improving roads and other measures of the souther border. 

The decision was justified under Trump’s delegation of the national emergency regarding the border that will go across Arizona and Texas.

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 Pentagon said the border would help “block drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States in support of counter-narcotic activities of Federal law enforcement agencies.”

Written by Clarke Jones

Source: Washington Post

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