Immigration

Pentagon Delivers List of Projects Derailed By Trump’s Fake Emergency

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

If the Pentagon redirects funding to build Trump's fantasy border wall, the cash will have to come out of projects that already received funding from Congress and Congress may not necessarily go along with that.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has released a list of projects that would see their fund redirected to Trump's vanity project and it includes a cemetery, among other things.

The more than 20-page document seen by Reuters included all the projects that were not awarded funding as of Dec. 31 2018.

The list includes a cemetery at the U.S. Military Academy in New York and a command and control facility at Camp Tango in South Korea.

It is essentially up to Congress to go through the list and figure out which projects will not be affected, including military housing, barracks and projects that have already been awarded funding.

The list is unlikely to satisfy Congress.

No shit.

If the Pentagon cannot legally redirect funding without approval from Congress, I don't think it's ever going to happen. The Democratically-controlled House of Representatives and even the Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to agree to have funding pulled from projects in their own states and districts to pay for Trump's wall.

The idea that defense spending is evenly spread throughout the country to make it politically difficult to kill specific projects also applies to spending that has nothing to do with weapons programs. No one in Congress wants to see funding for a military school, cemetery, or any other project removed from their own backyard.

  • muselet

    I think it’s safe to predict the projects that will be cut or eliminated will predominantly be in blue states, which cuts the potential amount of money available considerably.

    Donald Trump’s desperate attempts to rescue his medieval vanity project from the ravages of reality would be hilarious if the whole endeavor weren’t such a waste of time and money.

    –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    Maybe, just maybe we should take a hard look at how much, first of all, America is paying for its military. Next, we need to see how much waste there is, and corruption. Secret stuff, like nuclear tech, needs a vast infrastructure for maintenance, and there are many companies surgically attached to the government’s teats, charging, well, you guessed it, we don’t know. We have heard of zillion dollar wrenches, and toilet seats. Why are we willing to give blank checks for this stuff, yet not cover our own people for health coverage, or disability when the S hits the fan? Or a million other worthy causes instead of a new short range nuclear weapon that we hope will never be used?

    • Christopher Foxx

      Why? Because the people we elect listen only to the people that pay them.

  • Georgie

    “funding pulled from projects in their own states and districts to pay for Trump’s wall” And donnie will cry and whine and his “cult” will follow suit. Forking losers.