The Trump administration is taking more than $77 million away from four military projects in Virginia and re-allocating that money to advance the President’s desired border wall, Democratic Virginia Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner said in a joint statement on Wednesday.
The following projects stand to lose money due to the diversion of funds:
- Cyber Operations Facility at Joint Base Langley-Eustis will lose $10,000,000.
- Navy Ships Maintenance Facility in Portsmouth will lose $26,120,000.
- A project to replace a hazardous materials warehouse in Norfolk will lose $18,500,000.
- A project to replace a hazardous materials warehouse in Portsmouth will lose $22,500,000.
Kaine and Warner both criticized the decision, saying it makes the country less safe.
“The well-being of American troops is the core responsibility of every commander in the military, yet the commander-in-chief is shirking that duty so he can advance his own political agenda,” Kaine said in a statement.
They also took to Twitter to express their displeasure, where they were also joined by Reps. Elaine Luria (D-Virginia Beach) and Bobby Scott (D-Newport News).
Overall, the Department of Defense will halt 127 military construction projects and divert $3.6 billion to build 175 miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.