Congressman Albio Sires Speaks Out Against Trump Administration Taking Money from the Military to Fund a Border Wall
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ), issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to take millions of dollars from military projects to fund a border wall:
“Every single day, our servicemen and women work around the world to carry out their mission of defending our nation, our partners, and our values. That honorable work is as important today as it has ever been, and it is their government’s responsibility to provide them with the tools they need to get those jobs done.
“President Trump, however, does not seem think that their work is more important than his wall. In order to fulfill a ridiculous campaign promise, he has ordered the Department of Defense to raid funds assigned to military projects at home and around the world for use on a wall along the southern border.
“Here at home, he is taking money that had been assigned for erecting new training facilities, undertaking base repair and maintenance, and upgrading the on-base facilities used by servicemembers’ families. He is also taking hundreds of millions of dollars assigned to overseas projects that help our troops work with their European partners who may one day have to put their lives on the line to defend themselves against Russian aggression.
“Taking money from our troops and using it for a political stunt is shameful.”