Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) Statement on White House Decision to Shift $3.8 Billion in Defense Aircraft and other DoD Programs to Fund Border Wall

Feb 13, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33), co-chair of the Congressional Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Caucus, released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced that it plans to shift $3.8 billion in previously appropriated Pentagon funds—including $400 million from F-35 and $155 million from V-22 programs–to fund southern border wall construction:

“The fact that the Administration is willing to cut funding from critically-needed defense programs—a move that will jeopardize our national security and put American jobs at risk—is completely unacceptable,” said Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33). “The North Texas area that I represent prides itself on being a home for the defense sector that employs many Texans in my district. Today’s decision will divert hundreds of millions of dollars from both the F-35 and V-22 programs and jeopardize the jobs of thousands of North Texans that work every day to keep our country safe. The Administration must stop these reckless decisions without proper consultation with Congress to fund their bigoted and archaic border wall that both hurts our national security and makes Americans less safe. Plain and simple.”