House Dems express ‘deepening concern’ over plans to take $7.2B from Pentagon for border wall

House Dems express ‘deepening concern’ over plans to take .2B from Pentagon for border wall

A group of House Democrats is “strongly” urging Defense Secretary Mark Esper not to redirect another $7.2 billion in Pentagon funding to build President Trump’s southern border wall.

“We write to express our continued and deepening concern regarding reports that the administration is once more planning to divert billions of dollars of military funds to the construction of additional fencing and other barriers on the southwest border,” the 31 Democrats wrote to Esper in a letter obtained by The Hill ahead of its public release.

“There is clearly no requirement for the use of military resources to construct a border wall,” they added in the five-page letter.

The letter was organized by House Armed Services Committee members Reps. Anthony Brown (D-Md.), Gil Cisneros (D-Calif.), Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) and Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.).

The letter is the latest from Democrats in Congress following reports last week saying Trump would again tap Pentagon funding for the wall after lawmakers allocated less than he requested for his signature project.

As first reported by The Washington Post, Trump plans to take $3.5 billion from the Pentagon’s counterdrug programs and $3.7 billion from military construction funding.

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/479162-house-dems-express-deepening-concern-over-plans-to-take-72b-from-pentagon-for

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