Trump Administration to Divert $3.8 Billion Pentagon Funds Towards Border Security
By CBS News // February 14, 2020
money originally allocated for military weapons, hardware
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(CBS NEWS) – The Trump administration on Thursday announced it plans to make yet another multi-billion-dollar transfer of Pentagon funds to finance the construction of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, tapping into money originally allocated for military weapons and hardware.
By diverting $3.8 billion Department of Defense funds, officials hope to erect 177 miles of border barriers and help President Trump fulfill one of his signature campaign promises.
Although the administration has already transferred billions of dollars over the past two years toward border wall construction, Thursday’s plans are the first that involve the transfer of funds for military combat equipment.
According to a notification to Congress obtained by CBS News, the $3.8 billion in funding will be funneled to help the Department of Homeland Security curtail drug smuggling by constructing barriers, roads and lights along the U.S. southern border.
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