The Defense Department identified $12.8 billion that could possibly be used to fund President Trump’s border wall.
In a 20-page document released Monday, the Defense Department outlined where big sums of money are currently allocated that could be diverted to fund the wall. Most of the potential wall funding would come from states that have unused military construction funding.
California has the biggest source of potential money, with more than $700 million in unused Army and Navy military construction funds. Hawaii came in next, with over $400 million in unused funds.
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Several locations have north of $200 million in unused funding, including Maine, New York, North Carolina, Guam, Germany, Guam, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
In February, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on the southern border with the goal of constructing miles of new barrier. Since Congress refused to allocate the funding traditionally, Trump’s national emergency declaration requires that funds be pulled from already allocated federal spending. Defense Department construction projects are one of the largest sources of potential funding for the border wall.
Trump’s emergency declaration faced a wave of opposition. Last week, both chambers of Congress voted to end Trump’s national emergency on the border. Trump vetoed the legislation, sending it back to Congress for an override vote that faces stiff odds of being passed.
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- Trump issues vetoes national emergency resolution at the White House on March 15, 2019: Screen grab