Congressman Denny Heck on Possible Diversion of Joint Base Lewis McChord Funds to Pay for Proposed Border Wall
OLYMPIA, WA -- Today the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed that four military projects in Washington state will potentially be cut so that their funding may be used to fund a border wall.
The projects include (1) a refueling facility needed for training, (2) replacement facilities for the Northwestern Joint Regional Correctional Facility (NWJRCF), (3) a fire station required by the Army Corp of Engineers, and (4) a Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facility at Yakima Training Center.
“Today I received from the Pentagon a list of military projects that may lose funding in order to pay for President Trump’s border wall. If the President gets his way, vital military programs right here at home will be on the chopping block.”
On the NWJRCF, Heck continued: “I’ve been to the confinement facility, which is over six decades old, and I’ve seen firsthand how desperately it needs to be updated.
“Just last year, the DoD stated that the proposed fueling station at JBLM was vital to the training and readiness of Army helicopter pilots. The readiness and the wellbeing of our armed forces is not negotiable.
“This is why I voted against the President’s emergency declaration. He is diverting funds from real operational priorities in order to build a wall that he couldn’t convince Congress to authorize.”
The U.S. House of Representatives voted on February 26th to overturn President Trump’s emergency declaration, and the Senate followed suit on March 14th. President Trump vetoed that measure on March 15th.
The diversion of funds for the emergency declaration is also expected to take about $2.5 billion from the National Guard’s drug interdiction efforts.