Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration Transferring Funds from U.S. Military Construction Accounts to Pay for Wasteful, Ineffective Wall

September 3, 2019
Press Release
San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to transfer $3.6 billion from military construction funds to pay for his border wall:

“The Administration’s irresponsible decision to transfer funds from appropriated U.S. military construction makes America less safe and dishonors the Constitution.  The President is negating the Constitution’s most fundamental principle, the separation of powers, by assaulting our Congressional ‘power of the purse,’ and is undermining the oath of office we take to protect and defend the Constitution and the American people.

“Canceling military construction projects at home and abroad will undermine our national security and the quality of life and morale of our troops, making America less secure.

“The President says that he is building the wall for national security reasons, but America should instead address the root causes of migration in the countries of origin.  As our bipartisan Congressional delegation saw firsthand last month in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America, we should be strengthening U.S. initiatives.  Yet, the Administration has decided to move critical funding from effective and proven counternarcotics and stability and security initiatives to build an ineffective, wasteful wall.  This senseless decision will only worsen the underlying causes of migration.

“The House will continue to fight this unacceptable and deeply dangerous decision in the Courts, in the Congress and in the court of public opinion, and honor our oath to protect the Constitution.”