WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today condemned the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would execute its plan to divert $3.6 billion from military construction projects in order to pay for the President’s inefficient and ineffective border wall. According to media reports, the Department of Defense said today that about half of the funding for the wall would come from raiding funding for domestic military construction projects.
It is still unclear which projects are in jeopardy, but in March, then-Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan released a list of the military construction projects that were at risk of either being canceled, delayed or significantly reduced to pay for the President’s wall. Those on the list included projects at: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Camp Ravenna, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, and Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base. In March, the House and Senate publicly rebuked the President and voted to terminate his national emergency through a resolution of disapproval.
“The President’s decision to go around Congress and take funding away from our military to support his vanity project is reckless and irresponsible,” said Brown. “Last year, Congress made key investments in our nation’s defense and national security through military installations around the state. I will strongly fight back against any attempt by the President to rob Ohio’s servicemembers and key defense priorities across our state of this funding so that he can score political points.”
In FY 2019, Brown worked with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to secure key investments for Ohio’s military installations, including:
- $61 million for Wright-Patt’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), as well as $6.8 million for a fire rescue station at Wright-Patt;
- $7.4 million to construct an automated multipurpose machine gun range at Camp Ravenna’s Joint Military Training Center;
- $8.8 million for upgrades to ensure Youngstown Air Reserve Station’s (YARS) main gate meets safety requirements; and
- $13 million to replace the fire station at Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base.