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Pentagon sends Congress list of projects that could lose funds to Trump's emergency declaration

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By Rebecca Kheel

It took a few extra days, but Congress now has a list from the Pentagon of military construction projects that could lose funding because of President Trump’s national emergency declaration.

The Pentagon delivered the list to Congress on Monday, days after acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan had pledged to Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) he would do so.

“We know President Trump wants to take money from our national security accounts to pay for his wall, and now we have a list of some of the projects and needed base repairs that could be derailed or put on the chopping block as a result,” Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member Reed said in a statement Monday.

What’s in the list: The document sent to lawmakers Monday lists all military construction projects for which Congress has approved funding but for which the Pentagon has not signed a contract. The emergency declaration allows Trump to dip into such funds, which are known as unobligated funds.

The list, which senators released to reporters Monday, is broken down by military service, which is then further broken down by state or country. There are projects throughout the United States, and abroad in places including South Korea, Germany and Qatar.

The 21-page list includes everything from equipment maintenance facilities to training areas to schools for military families.

Pentagon assurances: In a memo accompanying the list, the Pentagon stressed that not all projects included in the document will be affected and that no projects would be delayed or canceled if the Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget is passed on time and as requested.

The Pentagon requested $3.6 billion in its fiscal 2020 budget to backfill military construction accounts.

“Decisions have not yet been made concerning which border barrier projects will be funded through” the emergency declaration, the memo says. “If the Department’s FY 2020 budget is enacted on time as requested, no military construction project used to source [emergency declaration] would be delayed or cancelled.”

The memo also pledges that “no military housing, barracks or dormitory projects will be impacted.”

Timing: Lawmakers are getting the list after they voted on a resolution to block Trump’s national emergency declaration but before the House’s planned vote on overriding Trump’s veto.

Trump vetoed the resolution Friday, and the House plans to hold a veto override vote March 26.

Democrats opposed to the emergency declaration are clearly hoping the list sways some lawmakers ahead of the veto override vote.

“What President Trump is doing is a slap in the face to our military that makes our border and the country less secure,” Reed said. “Now that members of Congress can see the potential impact this proposal could have on projects in their home states, I hope they will take that into consideration before the vote to override the president’s veto.”

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