The Pentagon moved $4 billion to fund the wall at the Southern U.S. border, and some members of Congress aren’t happy. They claim it was a clear case of going around the wishes of Congress and might jeopardize future funding.
When Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley went to a congressional hearing on the budget, Representative John Garamendi (D-CA) said:
“You are heading for a major brawl with this committee.”
The Mexicans haven’t stepped up to pay for the wall, but President Trump is finding whatever couch cushion change he can to make the wall a reality.
Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said:
“I support walls but I am deeply concerned about where we’re headed with the constitutional issue, about Congress’s role in national defense and whether that is being overridden.”
Last year lawmakers expressed similar concern about the Pentagon shifting money but have done little to actually stop it.
In a letter dated Tuesday, Smith and Thornberry said that they denied the Pentagon’s request to shift money, underscoring the concern about using the defense budget to pay for the wall.