Senator Tillis allowed the White House to raid $80 million in funding for North Carolina’s military bases as part of his infamous “Olympic Gold flip flop” on the emergency declaration, earning him humiliating headline after headline and delivering an “$80 million punch to the gut” to North Carolina’s military communities.
Now, according to a new report, even more funding is at risk because of Tillis’ actions.
Senator Tillis voted three times last year to allow the White House to raid $80 million from North Carolina’s military bases. Tillis repeatedly promised that he had “taken action” to “backfill” the money, yet failed to actually deliver for North Carolina.
Instead, North Carolina’s military community saw their Senator allow $80 million to be raided from bases, including “$40 million for a new battalion complex and ambulatory care center at Camp Lejeune” and “$6.4 million for a storage facility for the new KC-46 tanker at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base” as well as nearly $33 million from Fort Bragg.
Now, nearly a year since his embarrassing flip flop, the issue he once called a “short-term distraction” still refuses to go away – and even more projects and funding, including “$3.7 billion in military construction funding,” are at risk.
“Senator Tillis humiliated himself and sold out North Carolina for his own self-serving politics – and now that price tag is growing,” NCDP spokesman Robert Howard said. “This administration again is planning to raid money from military bases, it’s safe to say that our spineless Senator Thom Tillis will meekly go along with the cash grab rather than stand up for our state.”
Washington Post: Trump planning to divert additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funds for border wall
By Nick Miroff
January 13, 2020
- President Trump is preparing to divert an additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funding for border wall construction this year, five times what Congress authorized him to spend on the project in the 2020 budget, according to internal planning figures obtained by The Washington Post.
- The Pentagon funds would be extracted, for the second year in a row, from military construction projects and counternarcotics funding. According to the plans, the funding would give the government enough money to complete about 885 miles of new fencing by spring 2022, far more than the 509 miles the administration has slated for the U.S. border with Mexico.
- Trump took $2.5 billion from military counterdrug programs for border barrier construction in 2019, but this year his administration is planning to take significantly more — $3.5 billion. Trump administration officials also are planning to take $3.7 billion in military construction funding, slightly more than the $3.6 billion diverted in 2019.