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Chairman Thompson Statement on President Trump Again Diverting Billions from Pentagon to Pay for His Wall | House Committee on Homeland Security

February 13, 2020

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news the Trump Administration is funneling $3.8 billion from the Department of Defense to fund his wasteful border wall:

“Once again, President Trump’s obsession over his border wall and fulfilling a campaign promise comes at the expense of our national security.  The Pentagon is not a piggy bank to help the President win reelection.  To be clear, the President’s wall is a waste and will not secure the border.  Nevertheless, the President continues to wantonly steal money that Congress appropriated for the Defense Department and funnel it to border wall construction.  Congress holds the power of the purse.  We must act – we cannot sit idly by and allow him to flout the Constitution and disrespect the separation of powers.”

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