Udall Speaks Out Against Raid Of Another $1.5 Billion In DOD National Security Funds To Pay For President Trump’s Border Wall

Udall Speaks Out Against Raid Of Another $1.5 Billion In DOD National Security Funds To Pay For President Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, along with every Democratic member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, slammed the White House and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan for their plan for an additional unauthorized transfer of $1.5 billion in important national security funds in order to build part of President Donald Trump’s wall along the southern border.

Commissioner Garcia Richard Responds to Proposed Customs and Border Protection Wall

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Commissioner Garcia Richard Responds to Proposed Customs and Border Protection Wall

SANTA FE, NM – On Wednesday, Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard submitted a five-page letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) regarding the proposed first phase of the federal border wall. The CPB requested comments regarding the proposed project on 31 miles of federal land in Luna County and 15 miles of federal land in Doña Ana County. The Commissioner’s letter (attached and available here) outlines detailed concerns about the project.

 

AG Balderas Files Motion to Block President Trump from Illegally Stealing Law Enforcement Funding for Construction of a Border Wall

AG Balderas Files Motion to Block President Trump from Illegally Stealing Law Enforcement Funding for Construction of a Border Wall

Albuquerque, NM – On Friday, Attorney General Hector Balderas led a coalition of 20 states, in filing a motion to block the Trump Administration’s attempt to unlawfully divert $1.6 billion in federal funds to build a border wall. 

Heinrich Denounces President Trump’s Plan To Divert $1 Billion In Military Funding To Pay For Border Wall

Heinrich Denounces President Trump’s Plan To Divert $1 Billion In Military Funding To Pay For Border Wall

Plan targets 57 miles of border wall, including 46 miles in New Mexico

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 26, 2019) – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in response to new information from the Department of Defense on the Trump Administration’s plans to raid $1 billion in military funding and spend it on 57 miles of border wall, including 46 miles in New Mexico:

Udall Speaks Out Against Plans For 46 Miles Of New Mexico Border Wall In New Mexico

Udall Speaks Out Against Plans For 46 Miles Of New Mexico Border Wall In New Mexico

According to Udall, attempted transfer of $1 billion in military personnel funding “constitutes a dollar-for-dollar theft from other readiness needs of our Armed Forces.”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tom Udall, along with every Democratic member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, pressed the Department of Defense (DOD) for information on how DOD’s transfer of $1 billion in military personnel funding to the Drug Interdiction and Counter-narcotics Activities account in order to build part of President Trump’s wall along the southern border – even though it was not approved by Congress – will impact military readiness initiatives this year.

Heinrich Demands Answers From Acting Defense Secretary

Heinrich Demands Answers From Acting Defense Secretary

In Armed Services Committee Hearing, Heinrich Pressed Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan on Border Wall Emergency Declaration’s Impacts on Military Projects and Pentagon’s Response to PFAS Contamination at New Mexico Military Installations

WASHINGTON, D.C.– On Thursday, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan in a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the impact of President Trump’s national emergency declaration on military construction projects and the Pentagon’s response to PFAS contamination at New Mexico military installations.

Udall, Democratic Appropriators Demand Answers From Dod On Its Plans To Defund Military Projects To Pay For Trump’s Border Wall

Udall, Democratic Appropriators Demand Answers From Dod On Its Plans To Defund Military Projects To Pay For Trump’s Border Wall

One in five military construction projects that Congress funded are at risk, including in New Mexico

WASHINGTON – Senate Appropriations Committee members Senators Tom Udall, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and a group of Democratic appropriators are calling on the Department of Defense to provide Congress with a list of military projects it intends to defund to pay for President Trump’s ineffective border wall.

Udall, Heinrich, Senate Democrats Introduce Bill To Prevent President From Using Emergency Declaration To Raid Funds For Border Wall

Udall, Heinrich, Senate Democrats Introduce Bill To Prevent President From Using Emergency Declaration To Raid Funds For Border Wall

RAIDER Act of 2019 stops President Trump from bypassing Congress and raiding as much as $35 billion from military construction and disaster response funds for land acquisition or construction of his wall

WASHINGTON – On Monday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) introduced the Restrictions Against Illegitimate Declarations for Emergency Re-appropriations (RAIDER) Act of 2019.