Ruppersberger: Maryland Military Projects Among Those Halted to Pay for Wasteful Border Wall
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger today condemned the Administration’s decision to transfer $3.6 billion from military construction funds to pay for President Trump's $20 billion boondoggle wall at the southwestern border. The list of projects that will now be deferred includes sorely-needed road improvements at Fort Meade, located in the Second District of Maryland, as well as two projects at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County.
“This is blatantly stealing billions from crucial projects that directly benefit our military families, their quality of life and troop readiness. The President couldn’t get Mexico to pay for his wall and he couldn’t convince Congress to pay for it either,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “These projects were duly-appropriated by both Democrats and Republicans and have a far bigger impact on the security of our nation than a wasteful wall. On the contrary, the wall was explicitly rejected by Congress, which alone has the power of the purse.”
“You can bet the President will soon come back to Congress and request funding for the same projects he is now declaring expendable. I hope both sides of the aisle will support our new Appropriations efforts to ensure no Administration can raid the coffers for their own vanity projects.”
Fort Meade – home to the National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command and many other federal agencies – is increasingly vital to our national security, magnifying the need for improved infrastructure. As a Defense Appropriator, Congressman Ruppersberger has consistently delivered on infrastructure improvements at Fort Meade over the years, including $16.5 million now scheduled for deferment. The money would have paid for the construction of primary route improvements which run through the campus, improving bottlenecks and congestion.
At Joint Base Andrews, $50 million for a hazardous cargo pad and child development center will also be deferred.