Pentagon lists projects possibly affected due to Trump's wall plan

Pentagon lists projects possibly affected due to Trump's wall plan

The projects on the list run the gamut, including a hangar for drones at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea and a wastewater treatment plant at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. They represent the full spectrum of construction initiatives that the Pentagon undertakes to maintain a vast network of bases and operations around the globe.

A fact sheet provided with the list states no decisions have been made about which projects could lose funding.

The list, which includes a pool of projects valued at $12.9 billion that are "unobligated", meaning that construction contracts have yet to be awarded.

The Pentagon also said Congress can make sure none of the projects suffer by passing an increase in military construction money for 2020, allowing the government to go back and replenish the accounts Mr. Trump wants to drain for his border wall. Not everything on the list is eligible for reallocation; only projects will award dates after September 30, 2019, qualify, and no military housing, barracks or dormitory projects can be touched, officials said. The Congress - the US Parliament - had denied the President's requested funding for the construction of the wall. Officials still need to determine which of those projects would support the use of the armed forces. They would delayed, not canceled, according to the Pentagon.

"All construction projects will proceed on schedule if the Department's FY2020 budget is enacted on time and as requested", Buccino said.

Shanahan had promised to deliver the list to lawmakers by the end of the day last Thursday during a tense hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. That did not happen.

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An aerial view of the Pentagon in Arlington Va. on Aug. 30 2018

US President Donald Trump on Sunday said that Republican senators who backed his emergency declaration to build a border are being "uniformly praised" in their home states.

As he signed the veto, he was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General William Barr, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. He has vetoed legislation aimed at annulling his border emergency, and the House plans to vote on overriding the veto next week. The Nation saw this on February 26 when the House voted to overturn Trump's declaration, even with the support of 13 Republican legislators. Besides those that nearly always vote against the president (I am not sure how they call themselves Republicans) there were those that voted with the left on principle, saying the Congress should have funded the barrier and not forced the president to take the emergency declaration route.

"There is no emergency; Congress has refused to fund his wall multiple times; Mexico won't pay for it and a bipartisan majority in both chambers just voted to terminate his fake emergency", Schumer said. That may help shore up his political base, but it could come at the expense of our military bases and the men and women of our armed forces who rely on them.

To effectively declare a national emergency, the president must make a formal declaration and specify what authority will be used.

He further outlined his frustrations on CBS News' Face the Nation on Sunday morning. Not all will be subject to cuts, the Defense Department wrote, making it hard to determine exactly which would be vulnerable.

Speaker Pelosi told KPIX 5 she's going call for an override vote on March 26, even if they don't have the supermajority needed to overturn the veto.

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