The Defense Department has identified $12.8 billion dollars that can be used to help build the wall on our southern border. The money is mostly unused funds already authorized by Congress.
The money is from the MILCON account. (Military construction) The money was never used because it wasn’t needed. There is a spread sheet that identifies money that could be used but it doesn’t actually give what projects would be taken off the table. Go HERE to see the spread sheet. No contracts already issued or projects dated for 2019 will be affected.
That would take us over halfway to a completed wall.
Trump last month declared a national emergency at the border, and said he wants to use $3.6 billion for border wall projects. The Pentagon’s list said it has found possible funding sources that are “in excess of the amount needed.”
But it’s not clear which projects the Defense Department will draw from. Some states that have been allocated big chunks of money that haven’t been spent could see a hit.
California, for example, was identified as having more than $700 million in unused Army and Navy military construction that could be used. Hawaii has more than $400 million that could be used.
More than $200 million in similar funding allocated for Hawaii, Maine, New York, North Carolina, Guam, Germany, Guam, and Guantanamo Bay Cuba are also on the list.