Congressman Sean Maloney

Representing the 18th District of New York

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Maloney Demands Trump Keeps Hands Off West Point Funding, Stop Diverting Military Funds for Border Wall

Sep 4, 2019
Press Release

Maloney Demands Trump Keeps Hands Off West Point Funding, Stop Diverting Military Funds for Border Wall

Newburgh – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) demanded President Trump immediately reverse his Administration’s plan to divert $3.6 billion in military construction projects - including $160 million in funds for the United States Military Academy at West Point, located in his Congressional district – to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I thought Mexico was paying for the wall – not our future military leaders. The important projects he’s putting at risk are far more important than his misguided vanity project. I won’t stand by as he robs our next generation of leaders and military families of opportunity and improvements to their education,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

In March, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan confirmed that he sent a list of vulnerable military construction projects to Congress. These projects included funding that has been appropriated, but not contracted for military construction projects across the country. Four projects at West Point were on the list, including a state-of-the-art cyber and engineering center.

This week, Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed 127 military construction projects domestically and internationally would be robbed of critically needed funds, including projects at West Point. This move comes after the President declared a national emergency in February, diverting billions of dollars from previously appropriated funds to build a wall on the southern border.

The text of Rep. Maloney’s letter is below, and a copy of the letter can be found here:

 

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

I write today to express my strong opposition to your administration’s plans to cut funding for planned military construction projects at the United States Military Academy at West Point in order to pay for the construction of a wall on the southern border.

The projects at West Point have been Congressionally authorized and are essential to the operations, success, and safety of the Academy and its cadets, faculty and their families.  These projects include the construction of a state-of-the-art Cyber and Engineering Academic Center and parking structure which will be critical to future readiness of the Army.

The Constitution requires that you seek approval for such funds from the people’s duly elected representatives in Congress. Your attempt to circumvent the U.S. House and Senate is a clear violation of the will of the legislative branch and raises serious Constitutional concerns.

I firmly believe that taking any funds Congress appropriated for necessary military construction projects threatens readiness. But I also have particular concerns regarding West Point, as I represent the area in Congress. Stealing funds from the next generation of military leaders to fund an expensive and inefficient border wall would be a misuse of federal funds. It would also demonstrate a lack of commitment to West Point and its outstanding cadets, faculty, and staff.

I strongly urge you to abandon this plan and hold true to your commitment to the men and women of our armed forces.

Sincerely,

Sean Patrick Maloney
Member of Congress

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