President Donald Trump’s administration said Tuesday it will redirect $3.6 billion in Pentagon money to step up construction of the president’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, drawing howls from Democrats who said the money would be better spent on military construction. The Pentagon will cut funding to 127 construction projects. The administration declined to detail which projects, specifically.
The Democratic-led House approved by a 245-182 vote a resolution on Tuesday that would terminate President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border — a declaration he made to allow him to access funds to build a wall without congressional consent. The resolution now heads to the Senate. It is a privileged measure, which means it is not subject to a filibuster, needs only a simple majority and is required to come to the floor for a vote within weeks.
A coalition of 16 U.S. states led by California sued President Donald Trump and top members of his administration on Monday to block his decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funds for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California came after Trump invoked emergency powers on Friday to help build the wall that was his signature 2016 campaign promise.
Democratic and Republican politicians have sharply criticized President Trump’s plan to use emergency powers to pay for a border wall with Mexico. The rarely-used move would enable Mr Trump to bypass Congress, which has refused to approve the money needed. Senior Democrats accused the president of a “gross abuse of power” and a “lawless act”. Several Republicans also voiced concern at the plan. Declaring a national emergency would give Mr Trump access to billions of dollars for his project.
The U.S. has been handing out their first contracts to companies who will begin working on the U.S.-Mexico border wall, with each contract worth up to $500,000 each. Once the order for the prototype walls are ordered, expected finishing time will take 30 days.