Pentagon: Millions could be cut from Ga. military projects to cover border wall
President Donald Trump could siphon upwards of $260 million from Georgia military construction projects to pay for a wall on the Southern border, according to a Pentagon estimate being circulated by Senate Democrats.
Funding for more than a half-dozen Army, Navy and Air Force projects from Albany to Augusta could be affected. That includes $99 million for a cyber instructional facility at Fort Gordon, nearly $31 million for a hangar at Moody Air Force base and more than $75 million for a combat vehicle warehouse and body repair shop at Albany’s Marine Corps Logistics Base.
It’s still unclear which specific projects the Trump administration will effectively delay to cover $3.6 billion in new border barrier, and not all of the projects on the Pentagon’s $12.9 billion list will ultimately be tapped for funding.
Still, the list is the most concrete to emerge since President Trump declared a national emergency on Feb. 15. The White House has broad authority under such a declaration to divert funding from military construction projects, and it until recently had balked at Democrats’ request for a list of projects on the chopping block.
Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said Monday that the Pentagon will only select from projects with contracts that have not been awarded before Oct. 1, 2019. He emphasized that no military housing would be affected.