The Department of Defense has identified $12.8 billion that could be diverted from various projects and used to build a wall on the southern border.
“California, for example, was identified as having more than $700 million in unused Army and Navy military construction that could be used. Hawaii has more than $400 million that could be used,” according to Washington Examiner.
“More than $200 million in similar funding allocated for Hawaii, Maine, New York, North Carolina, Guam, Germany, Guam, and Guantanamo Bay Cuba are also on the list,” the report continued.
All of a sudden, leftist politicians seem concerned about military construction projects. Historically the political left has not exactly championed a strong, well-funded military. But to oppose President Donald J. Trump, the left has done crazier things than support the military.
“Trump Admin finally releases its list of at-risk #milcon projects that could be put on the chopping block in order to divert billions to pay for Trump’s ineffective #borderwall. Take a look – military bases in your state could be negatively impacted,” Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) said.
Trump Admin finally releases its list of at-risk #milcon projects that could be put on the chopping block in order to divert billions to pay for Trump’s ineffective #borderwall. Take a look – military bases in your state could be negatively impacted.
— Senator Jack Reed (@SenJackReed) March 18, 2019
Reed originally released the spreadsheet detailing the potential funding reallocations.
Trump has been engaged in a battle with Congress, which has granted him little money to fulfill his promise of building a big, beautiful, wall along the Southern border.
Her recently declared a state of emergency in order to allocate DOD funds for the wall, which is being challenged in court by several predominantly liberal states.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis Puts Anti-E-Verify Republicans On Notice
Some Republicans want to water down the proposal.
As a battle over a strong statewide E-Verify law heats up in Tallahassee, Florida Governor Rick DeSantis is cautioning Republicans who seek to neuter the law over the ire they’ll face from conservative voters.
Florida is set to pass a E-Verify law that will prevent businesses from hiring illegal immigrants as workers. Currently in the Florida Senate committee process, big business interests are seeking to institute special exemptions for industries that commonly hire illegals.
DeSantis is pushing back hard against the effort to put free passes in the legislation for the agricultural industry. Another area of contention is over the law’s enforcement mechanism. Elements seeking to neuter the Florida E-Verify system want employers to merely promise they aren’t hiring illegals, as opposed to making them definitively prove it.
DeSantis was clear about warning Republicans who try to neuter the e-Verify proposal when speaking to the press outside of the state capital on Wednesday.
— Christopher Heath (@CHeathWFTV) February 19, 2020
DeSantis’ warning to Republicans who tacitly support giveaways of cheap labor and non-enforcement of immigration law should be taken seriously by any legislator who considers themselves a conservative, and relies upon a conservative constituency.
Senator Tom Lee, who represents Florida’s 20th district, is cautioning that Governor DeSantis could veto the entire bill and force lawmakers to start over if they stuff it full of exemptions for scofflaw big business interests. He says that the effort to make employers merely promise to hire illegals is no different than instituting an impotent “honor system.”
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