The border wall-funding argument continues, this after President Trump has signaled that he will look to fund the wall with a request in the annual federal budget.
Trump is expected to request $8.6 billion in the budget for wall funding, and another $3.6 billion from the U.S. Congress to pay back military construction funds he used to b break ground on the wall when he called for a national emergency.
Now Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego (D), a Marine veteran and potential 2020 senatorial candidate, is crying foul over the recent Associated Press (AP) report that Trump is planning to use funds set aside for military pensions and pay to fund the wall.
Gallego calls Trump’s potential use of military salaries to pay for “his monument to hate” border wall a “destructive power-grab”
“We have long known that President Trump intends to take desperately needed funding for important military facilities to build his wasteful and ineffective border wall that he originally said Mexico would pay for. I am incredibly disturbed by new reports that Trump now also wants to tap funds intended for military pay and pensions.
“President Trump wants to take money meant to pay military service members and veterans who have dedicated their lives to this country to use for his monument to hate. He will stop at nothing to fulfill his ill-advised campaign promise, all while putting the health, welfare, and earned benefits of American heroes at risk.
“The Senate needs to act immediately on House-passed legislation to stop this destructive power-grab.”-Rep. Rubio Gallego