Pentagon puts brakes on 3 border barrier projects because of cost

MSN | 9/17/2019 | By Matthew Choi
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The Defense Department is no longer moving forward with three border barrier projects in California and Arizona, according to a court filing Monday.

© Mario Tama/Getty Images The border projects are part of a larger effort by the Trump administration to use Pentagon funds to deliver on President Donald Trump's keystone campaign promise of a border wall.

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The move is reversal of an earlier Pentagon authorization for about 20 miles of fencing, lighting and other border infrastructure that would have used $2.5 billion in funds redirected from a counter-drug fund. That authorization, announced Aug. 27, was based on what was then determined to be "lower-than-expected contract costs." But the Defense Department revealed in the Monday filing that the department would not be able to cover the costs of the project.

The Defense Department initially authorized the funding after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined that it would likely be able to afford the projects using the counter-drug funds, but the Army Corps said it would not know the full financial situation until later in the fiscal year.

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