President Biden has canceled all remaining border fence construction projects paid for with funds originally intended for military use, according to Pentagon officials.
The Department of Defense “has begun taking all necessary actions to cancel border barrier projects and to coordinate with interagency partners,” said Jamal Brown, deputy Pentagon spokesman. “Today’s actions reflect this administration’s continued commitment to defending our nation and supporting our service members and their families,” reports the Washington Times.
Pentagon officials did not release the exact figure of how much money might now be returned to Defense Department projects that had been put on hold such as overseas military construction, on-base schools and equipment for National Guard and Reserve units. But based on congressional appropriation cycles, the total figure appears to be more than $14 billion, the Washington Times adds.
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Updated: Mon, May 17th 2021 @ 1:40pm EDT