Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi, Lowey, Wasserman Schultz Issue Joint Statement on Military Construction Projects Canceled By President Trump

September 25, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, and House Military Construction-VA Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today after the Senate voted to terminate President Trump’s national emergency declaration and save critical military construction projects:

“The Senate’s bipartisan vote today to terminate President Trump’s fake national emergency is an important step to saving the $3.6 billion of military construction projects in the United States and abroad that President Trump has canceled to pay for his border wall.

“These 127 projects are critical to protecting our national security and improving the quality of life of our servicemembers and their families.  President Trump’s cancelation of these projects makes America less safe, disrespects military families, and dishonors the Constitution.

“Congressional Democrats have been clear: We will not give the President a blank check by backfilling the military construction projects he has canceled to pay for the border wall.  The House’s appropriations bills clearly rule out backfilling.  Efforts to instruct NDAA conferees to endorse backfilling are a political stunt to protect Republicans whose states and districts are hurt by the President’s abuse of power.

“The only way to ensure that critical military construction funding is used for its intended purposes is for Republicans to join us and vote to terminate the President’s fake national emergency.”