Members of Congress Cry Foul As White House Reveals Which Military Projects Are Being Defunded to Pay for Trump's Wall
In another effort to fund his campaign promise of a Mexican financed border wall, President Donald Trump's newly appointed Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pulled funds from the Pentagon's construction budget. Federal budget law restricts the movement of appropriated funds within a federal agency and from one agency to another without congressional approval.
However, by declaring a national emergency, President Trump's DoD Secretary can raid military construction projects without asking Congress to approve the budget transfer. $3.6 billion of military construction projects are on the chopping block.
In 2015, the U.S. military budget was around $601 billion, greater than the combined military budgets of the six highest spending nations. Though it is difficult to pinpoint where the money was spent, the following incidents show where some of that money was squandered. Here’s hoping for wiser military investments in 2016.