Pentagon Halts 3 Border Wall Projects
PENTAGON SAYS IT DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY LEFT OVER TO BUILD 20 ADDITIONAL MILES OF BORDER WALL
(CNN) – The Pentagon will not proceed with three border wall projects because it has run out of money for them.
The 20 miles of 30 foot high barrier in California and Arizona were supposed to be paid for using some of the $2.5 billion allocated for 135 other miles of fencing.
When the cost of constructing that barrier was estimated to be less than initially expected; the leftover funds were ear-marked to fund 20 additional miles.
Now, the Defense Department says there’s actually not enough money to fund those add-on projects.
The $2.5 billion came from a counter drug account, which is allowed to use it to block what it calls “drug smuggling corridors.”
The Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump administration to use Defense Department money to build the wall, but Democrats are still challenging whether the government has authority to divert funds not appropriated for it.