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Tuesday, Mar 19 2019

Senate Republicans’ wall votes could cost their states millions

Mar 19, 2019

Senators Thom Tillis, David Perdue, Cory Gardner and Martha McSally cast embarrassingly transparent votes in favor of their political careers President Trump’s fake national emergency last week.

This week, their votes are coming back to haunt them in the form of millions of dollars in military construction funding that could be culled from their states to fund Trump’s wall.

Here’s a glimpse of early coverage of the potential damage to military facilities and families in North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado and Arizona.

AP: Military construction in Ga., Carolinas among possible projects cut to fund border wall
By AP | March 19, 2019

  • “The list included more than $100 million for water treatment plant improvements at Camp Lejeune and airfield security and other work at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina. That is the home state to Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, who initially said he opposed Trump’s emergency but voted for it.”
  • “Also listed [was] an air traffic control tower at Fort Benning, Georgia.”
Read the full story here.

The Gazette: Trump border wall could take money from Fort Carson
By Tom Roeder | March 19, 2019

  • “The Trump administration’s border wall project could raid $77 million in construction money from Fort Carson, according to a Pentagon list released to Congress on Monday.”
  • “U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., exacted a promise from the Trump administration last week that Colorado military construction money wouldn’t be ‘repurposed’ for the wall, a promise that spokesman Jerrod Dobkin emphasized Monday. But the Pentagon included the Fort Carson project on its list.”
Read the full story here.

Tucson Sentinel: Nearly $150M in Az military projects could be cut for Trump’s border emergency
By Dylan Smith | March 18, 2019

  • “Despite ‘assurances’ touted by U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, a $30-million construction project at Ft. Huachuca and a $15-million facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base are potentially on the chopping block in order to fund a border wall under President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration.”
  • “Nearly $150 million in planned military construction across Arizona could see funds diverted to border-wall projects.”
Read the full story here.

KTAR: 6 Arizona military projects, including 2 at Luke, could lose funding to wall
By | March 19, 2019

  • “Five projects at four locations in the state are listed for potential cuts in fiscal year 2019: two at Luke Air Force Base and one each at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Camp Navajo and the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station.”
  • “Sen. Martha McSally said in a statement last week that Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan assured her that ‘no Arizona military construction projects from fiscal year 2019 will be impacted.’”
Read the full story here.

Published: Mar 19, 2019

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