Border Wall Billions Redirected to Military Construction Projects

The Pentagon will take $2.2 billion in funds directed by President Trump to fund the border wall and give them back to military construction projects which were the original recipients of the funding.

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June 30, 2021

Author : Alex Bustillos

The Pentagon “will use the $2.2 billion of available unobligated military construction appropriations to restore funding for 66 projects in 11 States, 3 territories, and 16 countries in FY 2021,” reads a memorandum authored by Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks.

Of the total, $299 million will go to projects in US states, $608 million will go to projects in US territories, $1.259 billion will go to overseas projects and $32 million remains “unobligated.”

Big ticket overseas projects include $79 million for a school for the children of military personnel serving in Germany, $94 million for a similar school in Japan.

The Biden Administration announced in April that it would cancel all border wall projects funded by the Department of Defense and return the funds to the military after Trump had initially redirected them to build the wall.

Initially, President Trump directed $3.6 billion of military construction funds towards the border wall, but much of that money has already been spent. The remaining $2.2 billion is now being redirected. A total of 123 projects had been stripped of their funds.

According to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, the funds for more than 50 of those projects has already been spent on border wall projects. The remaining 66 projects will be refunded, all of which are construction related.

Read our previous reporting on the border wall in the Biden era here.

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Category : Federal Government International

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