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May 13, 2019

Pentagon shifting $1.5B to border wall construction

  • The biggest chunk of the funding — $604 million — will come from the Afghan Security Forces Fund, which keeps the Afghan army and other security forces afloat.
  • By ROBERT BURNS
    AP National Security Writer

    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is shifting $1.5 billion in funds originally targeted for support of the Afghan security forces and other projects to help pay for construction of nearly 80 miles of wall at the U.S.-Mexican border, officials said Friday.

    Congress was notified of the move Friday. It follows the Pentagon's decision in March to transfer $1 billion from Army personnel budget accounts to support wall construction. Some lawmakers have been highly critical of the Pentagon shifting money not originally authorized for border security.


     
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