Lowey, Visclosky Statement on President Trump’s Latest Wall Theft

February 13, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Pete Visclosky (D-IN) released the following statement on the Trump administration’s reprogramming of National Guard and military procurement funding for border wall construction:

“President Trump is once again disrespecting the separation of powers and endangering our security by raiding military resources to pay for his wasteful border wall.

“The Constitution gives Congress, not the President, the power of the purse. Congress rejected President Trump’s full request for wall funding, which is why he is now orchestrating this backdoor mechanism to prop up a political vanity project.

“While some of our Republican colleagues will lament the President’s decision, they enabled this theft by blocking our efforts to stop the President from raiding defense accounts. Until they stand up to President Trump, our national security will continue to be threatened and our Constitutional system of government will continue to be undermined.”

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