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Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

Senators introduce bill to block Defense Department from diverting funds to build border wall

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A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate that would reverse the Department of Defense’s recent transfer of $3.8 billion to be used to a border wall.

Further, the Restoring Military Priorities Act of 2020 would reduce the transfer authority of the DoD to prevent President Trump from diverting additional funding for his border wall.

In the spring of 2019, the Defense Department transferred $2.5 billion in funding to be used to build part of the border wall. Also, an additional $3.6 billion in military construction funds was transferred last year for his wall. In February of this year, the Defense Department reprogrammed another $3.8 billion from the National Guard.

Also, in January of this year, there were reports that Trump intends to divert $7.2 billion in DOD funds this year to pay for the wall.