Last month, the Pentagon received a request from within the Trump administration to build roughly 270 miles (435 km) of wall on the border, which would have cost about $5.5 billion.
"The Constitution gives Congress, not the President, the power of the purse". Trump has repeatedly claimed that Mexico is paying for his promised "big lovely wall", but that has never happened. "This Administration has already stolen billions from the Department of Defense in order to begin building the President's vanity wall and today they are doubling down on bad policy".
"The re-programming announced today is contrary to Congress's constitutional authority, and I believe that it requires Congress to take action", Rep. Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. The diverted $6.1 billion previous year was taken from military construction and counter-drug funds and used to fund the border wall.
All together, Trump has obtained just over $3 billion for border barrier construction by working through regular congressional channels, subject to limitations imposed by lawmakers. The president argued that he had authority to use military funds because of what he deemed a national security emergency along the border, a claim that federal courts are still reviewing.
Bob Salesses, the deputy assistant defense secretary, told reporters on Thursday that the funds are meant to help build 30-foot fencing on federally-controlled land in six border areas: San Diego and El Centro, California; Yuma and Tuscon, Arizona, and El Paso and Del Rio, Texas.
Salesses added, "The DHS request specifically identified the need for fences, roads and lighting" along key lanes along the border used by Mexican drug cartels to smuggle drugs across the border.
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Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell, a Pentagon spokesman, said Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the transfer after receiving the request from the Department of Homeland Security last month.
Asked if more defense funding cuts could be forthcoming later this year, Salesses said discussions are ongoing within the department but no decisions have been made.
Last year, he sought to take money from military housing and base construction.
Some details: The money will be moved from procurement accounts to the drug interdiction accounts the Pentagon tapped past year for border projects. The move, which affected numerous projects in Republican districts and states, triggered outrage on Capitol Hill.
Lawmakers protest: House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Pete Visclosky (D-IN) released a statement expressing their opposition to the move: "President Trump is once again disrespecting the separation of powers and endangering our security by raiding military resources to pay for his wasteful border wall". Another $1.5 billion would be taken from accounts used to provide equipment for the National Guard and Reserve. This money also includes $650 million for Landing Helicopter Assault ship funding and two C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
In the case of the F-35, for instance, the Pentagon said "current funding is more than sufficient to keep the current production line open and meet requirements".