September 12, 2019/Press

Sen. Tillis Dismisses $80 Million Cut to NC Military Bases as “Short Term Distraction”

Raleigh – Senator Thom Tillis yesterday tried to brush off his “Olympic Gold flip flop” and the “$80 million punch to the gut” that raided money for North Carolina’s military bases and has dogged his reelection campaign as a “short term distraction.”

Uh, you sure about that, Senator?

That “distraction” has alienated both Republican and independent voters – he’s underwater with GOP primary voters and he carries the lowest approval rating of any U.S. Senator.

It earned him a self-funding primary challenge that is forcing him to spend $2.2 million – nearly half of his cash on hand – in early September.

And it has caused a near constant stream of negative press in-state and across the country, with papers blasting him as a “spineless” politician who “deserts himself for Trump” and commentators asking him “How WEAK are you?

Worst of all, that “distraction” is an “$80 million dollar punch to the gut” to North Carolina that is raiding money from our state’s military bases. Tillis “supports just about everything Trump wants,” including axing a new battalion complex and ambulatory care center at “Camp Lejeune, the huge Marine base at Jacksonville, which is struggling after being hit hard last year by Hurricane Florence.”

Greensboro News & Record: Robbing Peter to pay for a wall
By the Editorial Board
September 11, 2019

Key Points:

  • What the president wouldn’t want us to ask him is why, then, he is taking millions of dollars designated for projects on military bases in North Carolina to build his border wall with Mexico, in a move that hurts the military and the state. The loss of funds could also hurt Tillis, who is up for re-election next year, and who in March voted to support the dubious emergency declaration that Trump is using to justify his raid on military construction funds.
  • North Carolina won’t be the only state suffering because of Trump’s tantrum, but it’s one of the hardest hit. Bases here will lose about $80 million that Congress had designated for planned military construction projects. There’s Camp Lejeune, the huge Marine base at Jacksonville, which is struggling after being hit hard last year by Hurricane Florence. Trump is taking $40 million that was supposed to go to a new battalion complex and ambulatory care center there. He’s also taking $32.9 million for a new elementary school at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville and $6.4 million for a storage facility at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base at Goldsboro.
  • Across the country and at vital bases in Guam and in Europe, projects won’t be getting money that officials were counting on. And for what? For Trump’s ego and his bragging rights to his base, which loved his loud promises to build a wall but seems to have forgotten the part about making Mexico pay for it.
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