Wisconsin losing funding to border wall ‘folly’

    Wall on US/Mexico border
    The Wall in Neco. (Photo by Jonathan Mcintosh, licensed under CC BY 2.0)

    Truax field in Madison, Wisconsin will lose $8 million in funding for a small-arms range, as one of 127 military construction projects that will see funding diverted to pay for a $3.6 billion border wall between the United States and Mexico. The Defense Department released a list of projects that will lose funding on Wednesday. The diversion of funds from projects in 23 states, three U.S. territories and 20 countries does not need Congressional approval, the Washington Post reports, because of President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the US/Mexico border. 

    Republicans in the Senate have proposed that the projects be “backfilled” in their version of the Defense Department budget, but that provision is not in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act, National Public Radio reports.

    Congressman Mark Pocan
    Rep. Mark Pocan

    “The President is stealing from the Department of Defense, and claiming it will be ‘backfilled,’ Cong. Mark Pocan told reporters on Wednesday. “I’m part of Appropriations and I can tell you that’s not true. It does not automatically get backfilled.”

    Pocan described the reallocation of funds from projects that had already been promised funding as “money stolen in order to fund the folly of a wall.”

    Congress has refused to appropriate funds for President Trump’s proposed border wall.  

    “So now he’s found a new way to try to steal it out of these various pots of money,” said Pocan. “Some was FEMA as we hit hurricane season, and some was the Department of Defense. . . that’s something  you’re going to hear a lot of pushback on.”

    Ruth Conniff
    Ruth Conniff is Editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Examiner. She formerly served as Editor-in-chief of The Progressive Magazine, and opened the Progressive’s office in Washington, DC, during the Clinton Administration, where she made her debut as a political pundit on CNN’s Capital Gang Sunday and Fox News. She moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, for a year in 2017, where she covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Donald Trump. Conniff is a frequent guest on All in with Chris Hayes on MSNBC and has appeared on Good Morning America, Democracy Now!, Wisconsin Public Radio, and other radio and television programs. In 2011, she did award-winning coverage of the uprising against Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin. She has also written for The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Conniff graduated from Yale University in 1990, where she ran track and edited the campus magazine The New Journal.

    2 COMMENTS

    1. Democrats should not allow this funding back into the budget process. It was funded once; districts need to feel the pain of Trump’s wall. The odds are this will be tied up in court until he is defeated in 2020.

      Democrats have an incredible chance to change not only Congress but the legislature in this state as well. It’s important to rid this state of the stench from the Scott Walker era. We need new gun laws, fair redistricting, oversight or termination of the Foxconn deal, and an end to voter ID.

      • Let’s get together and vote these vermin out of office!! We need people who will defend the rights of taxpayers, not the one who get rich from the tax cut that hurt middle and lower class workers!! We work hard for our paychecks, we deserve a break more than the super wealthy!!!

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