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May 10, 2019

Pentagon shifting $1.5 billion to border wall construction

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 14:48

This makes 2.5 billion stolen from the military for a wall.  This is not being spent to get more hearing officers, more judges, to help handle the claims.  Nope this is for a wall.   Is this not the same military that the Republicans claim is decimated due to lack of enough money.  Is this not the same military that every year the claim needs a huge increase in funding?   How is this legal?   Where is the court fight to stop this?    Hugs

https://apnews.com/fde3f382fb1943e69d773eaac9f75eb1

The Pentagon is shifting $1.5 billion in funds originally targeted for support of the Afghan security forces and other projects to help pay for construction of 80 miles of wall at the U.S.-Mexican border, officials said Friday.

“The Pentagon has now reprogrammed 12 times more money to the wall than for repairs for Tyndall AFB, destroyed by Hurricane Michael. We should put troops first!” Sen. Richard Durbin wrote on Twitter. He was referring to storm damage at the Air Force base in Florida where almost every building was damaged.

The biggest chunk, $604 million, is from the Afghan Security Forces Fund, which keeps the Afghan army and other security forces afloat. A standard review of the fund’s contract management found the $604 million in savings, according to two defense officials who discussed the details on condition of anonymity.

Removing the $604 million means the Afghan Security Forces Fund in the current Defense Department budget is reduced from the $4.9 billion approved by Congress.

Another $251 million was shifted from a yearslong project to destroy lethal chemical agents and chemical munitions in order to comply with the Chemical Weapons Convention. Another $344 million is being taken from a group of Air Force programs, where the Pentagon identified contract savings, and $224 million from savings related to a military retirement system, the officials said.

The Pentagon also is taking $78 million from the Coalition Support Fund, which is money used to reimburse coalition partners — mainly Pakistan — for logistical and military support for American military operations.

The Pentagon also is expected at some point to transfer up to $3.6 billion from military construction budgets to pay for wall construction. The details of these plans have not yet been announced.

2 Comments »

  1. Oh the good that 1.5 billion could do for all those poor people on the other side of that future wall. Trump is just thumbing his nose at you now saying he told you so. The Generals that have helped him in this money grabbing project should be ashamed of themselves and shouldn’t be surprised when they’re told in the future they don’t need funds and finding 1.5 billion now is proof of it. That stretch of wall will stand as the biggest humanitarian waste in history. Trump is a criminal.
    Hugs

    Liked by 2 people

    Comment by davidprosser — May 10, 2019 @ 15:52

    • Hello David. You are right on all counts. The places in the budget that money was for are really needed and they are not getting done, the troops not helped, the retirements not paid for and homes not fixed just so tRump can have a useless talking point to run for reelection. Shameful. Hugs

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by Scottie — May 10, 2019 @ 16:04


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