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Defense Department: $46 M In Indiana Military Construction Could Be Diverted For Border Wall

By Network Indiana and Stephanie Wiechmann, IPR News | Published on in Government, Military, Politics
Air Force One flies into Grissom Air Reserve Base in November 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner)

Three military bases in Indiana could see millions of dollars diverted for President Donald Trump’s declared national emergency to fund an expanded border wall between US and Mexico.

That’s according to a Defense Department report sent to Congress this week.  It identifies $12.9 billion of planned military construction projects nationwide that have been finalized, but not yet awarded money.

In Indiana, that includes a total of nearly $46 million in construction projects for the Grissom Air Reserve Base near Peru, the Crane Army Ammunition Activity plant near Bloomington, and Terre Haute’s Hulman Regional Airport used by the Air National Guard’s 181st Intelligence Wing.

Indiana Republican Representative Jim Banks sits on the House Armed Services Committee.  He says this is what the national emergency is all about.

“When the President declared the national emergency, that gave him the authority to take dollars appropriated for other projects and to reassign those dollars.”

Both Indiana senators, Republicans Mike Braun and Todd Young, dismissed the report, telling Fort Wayne’s Journal Gazette the list of cuts is “speculative” and “far from final.”