Congressman Crow on Trump’s Plan to Divert Military Funding for Border Wall

September 4, 2019
Press Release
News of the administration's plans to divert $3.6 billion in military spending comes during Crow’s bipartisan congressional visit to the Southern Border

Today, Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06) released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to transfer funds appropriated to U.S. military construction projects to pay for his border wall.

“Right now, I’m at the U.S.- Mexico border hearing directly from our nation’s servicemembers and border patrol agents, and the number one need being expressed to me is more CBP personnel - not a wall. While our troops are being used to backfill personnel shortages at the border, the administration now plans to cut billions in defense projects, further impacting our military’s readiness.

“As a combat veteran, I know what it feels like when you’re not getting enough resources from Washington and I’ve been on the receiving end of those decisions. President Trump’s transfer of funds is not only an end-run around Congress, it fails to make our border more secure and risks our military readiness.”

An Army Ranger who served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Crow voted for a joint resolution to override the President’s emergency declaration relating to the migrant crisis at the southern border. A member of the House Armed Services Committee, he has also supported and made vital contributions to the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act, FY 2020 which severely limited the size of Presidential emergency declarations, placed strict notification and justification requirements on emergency construction authority, and ensures that cuts and deferments do not unfairly impact military families or readiness.