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California Loses Key Military Project And Gains Funding For Wall

The California Air National Guard C-130J performs fire training at Channel Is...

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Above: The California Air National Guard C-130J performs fire training at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Port Hueneme, CA, August 2019.

California will lose at least one military project to pay for the Trump administration’s plan to fund more construction at the southern border.

Throughout the military, $3.6 billion was taken from 127 military projects to fund construction projects along the southern border. In California, the Air National Guard lost funding for an $8 million flight simulator scheduled to be built in the Channel Islands. Sen. Diane Feinstein said in a release that the simulator would have prepared C-130 pilots to respond to disasters.

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“The decision by the administration to divert funds from military construction projects in order to build the president’s ill-conceived wall is irresponsible,” Feinstein said.

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She also added that the president should have gone through the normal appropriations process to secure funding for the border wall.

The money will fund three projects in California. It will fund a mile and a half of pedestrian fencing and 2 miles of secondary fencing near Otay Mesa and 3.5 miles of pedestrian fencing around the Tecate Port of Entry.

Two additional projects will extend a total of 13 miles of secondary pedestrian Fencing around the El Centro Port of Entry. The projects will be built by the Army. In a letter to lawmakers, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said the construction will reduce the demand for troops on the border.

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Steve Walsh
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