Rep. Cisneros Blasts Administration’s Announcement to Steal Billions in Military Funding Again for Border Wall

February 13, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) blasted the Administration’s recent announcement that it would divert $3.8 billion from the fiscal 2020 equipment procurement budget, including ships, vehicles, and aircraft, to fund the President’s border wall. The Administration is taking $2.202 billion from FY2020 Defense Appropriations and $1.629 billion from FY2020 overseas contingency operations funding.

“The President clearly doesn’t know when to stop raiding our military. After promising over and over again that Mexico would pay for his wall, our servicemembers have ended up paying for his ineffective, wasteful vanity project. This comes at the expense of our military readiness, including shortchanging our National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account, which is used to support firefighting, engineering, and communications equipment meant for public safety and natural disaster response.

“Instead of coming to the table with Democrats and Republicans to focus on real, comprehensive immigration reform, the President would rather take appropriated funding from our servicemembers and their families. Our country faces very real threats around the globe, and the President’s reckless decision to misuse billions of dollars makes us ill-prepared to take on those threats. The border wall doesn’t keep our country safe, nor does it bolster our national security. As a Navy Veteran, I will continue to call out the President’s careless actions to raid our military and hold this Administration accountable.”

On January 22, 2020, Rep Cisneros joined his House colleagues in sending a letter Defense Secretary Mark Esper demanding answers on the Administration’s plan to divert billions of dollars in military funds to construct the border wall. On September 27, 2019, Rep Cisneros voted to pass S.J.Res.54, a bipartisan joint resolution to end President Trump’s national emergency declaration at the U.S.-Mexico border. On September 16, 2019, Reps. Cisneros and Anthony Brown (MD-04) penned an op-ed about the President’s decision to divert $3.6 billion in funding for military construction projects to fund his proposed border wall. On February 26, 2019, Rep. Cisneros voted in support of H.J.Res.46 to terminate the President’s emergency declaration.

Rep. Cisneros is a Navy Veteran and a member of the House Armed Services Committee.