The Democrats are ramping up their resistance efforts after the Pentagon announced last week that it has freed up $1.5 billion for the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
As noted by The Washington Times, House Democrats announced a new bill on Tuesday that would prevent the Pentagon from using funds in its budget to contribute to the border wall.
The move is a direct response to President Donald Trump’s declaration of national emergency, which bypassed Congress and called on government agencies to shift unused funds to allocate money to the wall.
Now, Democrats are trying to pass a bill that would ban the Pentagon from spending any of its money to build more of the wall.
Here’s more from The Times:
The language is included in the first draft of the 2020 defense spending bill, which also seeks to punish Mr. Trump for his attempt to shift money by making the Pentagon have to jump through more hoops for any future money reprogramming.
Overall, the legislation spends far less on the Pentagon than Mr. Trump had requested and rejects his attempt to pile money into war-funding accounts to hide it from budget caps.
We have the most capable and advanced military in the world, and this bill honors their mission by adequately funding programs to care for service members and their families, and by protecting defense funding from being stolen for the president’s wasteful wall,” said Rep. Nita Lowey, chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
Congress approved a bill earlier this year appropriating $1.375 billion for the president’s border wall — far less than the more than $5 billion he’d demanded.
Mr. Trump signed that legislation then immediately declared a border emergency, flexing the National Emergencies Act to move $3.6 billion from military construction funds at the Pentagon over to build border wall.
The president also said he would move $2.5 billion within the Pentagon to its drug interdiction accounts, then use that money for border wall construction in drug corridors — which is allowed under current law. And Mr. Trump claimed $601 million out of a Treasury Department forfeiture fund for the wall.
Congress approved a bill overturning the emergency declaration but the president vetoed it and that veto was easily sustained. House Democrats have now sued, hoping the courts will step in to referee.
This has infuriated Democrats because there’s not much they can do about it.
Even if their bill passes in the House, it will fail miserably in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Trump is getting the wall built, and Democrats are running out of options to stop him.