After acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced that the Pentagon would reallocate $1 billion for the wall, one Democrat is trying to deny that transfer.
Democratic Representative Adam Smith acts as the chairman for the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, and has declared that he panel does not approve of the proclaimed use of Pentagon funds.
“The committee denies this request. The committee does not approve the proposed use of Department of Defense funds to construct additional physical barriers and roads or install lighting in the vicinity of the United States border,” Smith wrote to the Department of Defense.
That being said, the move appears to be largely symbolic as the Pentagon has reaffirmed that it does have the authority carry out the transfer.
While the denial may not be able to stop this redistribution of funds, Shanahan admitted in a House Armed Services Committee hearing that this move could negatively impact the Pentagon’s ability to reallocate its funding in the future.
It’s likely that the decision to move the money without advisement from Congress could prompt lawmakers to remove that power from the Pentagon in the future.
In the meantime, President Trump has declared a national emergency and despite Democrats continued attempts of obstruction it’s nice to see something getting done.