DOD Wasted THIS Much as Trump Sought Wall Funds

  • 2019-01-10
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
DOD Wasted THIS Much as Trump Sought Wall Funds
The Department of Defense Inspector General's office discovered the DOD relinquished $27 billion to the U.S. Treasury because they couldn't burn through their budget fast enough.

According to the report, the Pentagon failed to spend the funds "within the legal timeframes."

The Daily Caller's Andrew Kerr explains:

The revelation comes as President Donald Trump is considering declaring a state of emergency that would allow him to bypass Congress and leverage unobligated military funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The partial government shutdown has entered its twentieth day. President Trump remains committed in his demand for $5.7 billion from Congress for border security.

Democrats have reiterated they will not support any funding for a wall.

Legal analysts say Trump would have the authority to leverage unused DOD funds to construct a wall in the event he declares a national emergency.

“My instinct is to say that if he declares a national emergency and uses this pot of unappropriated money for the wall, he’s on very solid legal ground,” Harvard law professor Mark Tushnet told NBC News.

The Pentagon reported an “expired unobligated balance” of $27.7 billion in its most recent financial report, a figure that represents the amount of unused funds the Pentagon returned to the Department of the Treasury during the five-year period between fiscal years 2013 and 2018.

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