VELA STATEMENT ON WASTE OF $3.8 BILLION IN DOD FUNDS FOR TRUMP’S WALL

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of $3.8 billion in Department of Defense funding to go toward border wall.

“Yesterday the Department of Defense testified to Congress that our Military is continuing to dig out from Modernization Shortfalls and struggling to stay ahead of China and Russia.  However, those officials failed to connect how this Administration’s robbery of $3.8 billion from critical defense modernization programs will prevent the military from addressing those problems.  Instead, I heard hollow words from our defense officials about how keeping Trump’s political promises were more important than ensuring our military is ready to protect America.

“I commend my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who have stood against the Administration’s disregard for our Constitution.  It is Congress’s job to fund the government and the President’s job to execute those funds as appropriated.  A Constitutional responsibility he has neglected time and again.”

 

 

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