Pentagon to shift $2 billion of border wall funding back to delayed military construction

Pentagon to shift $2 billion of border wall funding back to delayed military construction

The Pentagon is getting back $2 billion of military construction funds that were diverted in recent years by former President Donald Trump to fund his signature barrier wall efforts on the U.S. southern border, President Joe Biden’s administration announced Friday. That money will be returned to its initial purpose — funding more than 60 military construction projects around the world approved by Congress, according to a statement from the Office of Management and Budget. The Pentagon, under Trump, diverted $3.6 billion in 2019 that had been earmarked to fund 127 military construction projects under a seldom-used authorization for the Pentagon to reroute its Congress-appropriated funds. “The Biden Administration is committed to properly equipping American military personnel and caring for their families,” the OMB statement read. “No more money will be diverted for the purposes of building a border wall, and [the Defense Department] has started canceling all border barrier projects using the diverted funds.” The $3.6 billion — a portion of the $10 billion that the Pentagon ultimately contributed to border wall coffers — was meant to build about 175 …
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