House Dems Say No Backfill for Wall-Diverted Funds

House Dems Say No Backfill for Wall-Diverted Funds

A key House Democrat said this week she will not support adding military construction funding in fiscal year 2020 to backfill projects delayed to build a southern border wall ordered by the president.

“If the administration follows through and steals money from previously approved projects, the chairwoman’s mark will not provide funding for backfill. I am not joking,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who chairs the Appropriations Committee’s milcon panel, referring to the version of the bill the committee will eventually consider.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) is trying to block a shift of $1 billion in excess money from the Army’s recruitment budget to build a wall, Politico reported.

 

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at Naval Surface Warfare Center-Panama City. Navy photo by Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Taylor Baxley

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