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Readiness Chairman Garamendi Responds to Trump Reprogramming DOD Funds for Border Wall

February 13, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, released the following statement after being notified by the Pentagon that the Trump Administration will raid $3.8 billion of funding for critical ships, vehicles, aircraft and other equipment necessary for our national defense to instead pay for the President’s border wall.

“It’s grossly irresponsible of President Trump to raid money that is necessary to support and defend our nation for his vanity wall,” Garamendi said. “President Trump has already raided over $6 billion in critical defense funds to pay for his wall—this new raid worsens the already dangerous problems he’s created for our military and national security. Funding the President’s vanity wall in this manner depletes vital resources that maintain our military’s readiness to respond to any threats at home and abroad.”

“The Armed Services Committee has raised constitutional objections to the President’s usurpation of Congressional appropriation authority and responsibility. We will do everything in our power to push back against this irresponsible and irrational decision by the President,” Garamendi concluded.