RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – The Pentagon has announced that it is diverting $3.6 billion dollars to pay for the construction of the border wall.
That means other military construction projects around the country are losing out.
The president says there is an immigration emergency and building the border wall is a national defense priority.
Senator Mark Warner says the Trump Administration is putting our national security in jeopardy.
“By taking away this 3.6 billion dollars of already allocated military funding does not make our nation safer. It makes it less secure,” Says Senator Mark Warner.
Warner says President Trump is shifting 10 million dollars from a cyber operations facility in Virginia to help build the border wall.
“His own director of national intelligence has said that cyber is one of our greatest vulnerabilities,” Warner continues.
Opponents also worry about the economic impact. Retired Air Force Colonel Bruce Sturk says military spending plays a key role in Virginia.
“Our community is a fabric built on military veterans and a very healthy military population here in the Hampton Roads region, so I think there’s a general sense of disappointment,” Says Colonel Bruce Sturk of Federal Facilities support.
There are 127 military construction projects expected to lose funding. The list includes money for schools, daycares, and maintenance facilities. But supporters say that money is needed to help protect the southern border.
Despite 30 million being pulled from a project in Arizona, Republican Senator and former Air Force Pilot Martha McSally said in a statement, “We need to secure our border and protect our military; we can and should do both.”
But Warner says he isn’t giving up, “I’ve seen comments from fellow republican senators around the country, they are outraged as well.”
Warner hopes lawmakers examine bipartisan solutions for protecting military projects and the border when Congress returns next week.