19 States Sue to Stop Fund Diversion for Wall

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Nineteen states joined in a lawsuit to stop the Trump administration from diverting billions of dollars from the military toward a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, Politico reports. The suit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco is the latest backlash against President Donald Trump’s diversion of $3.8 billion from the Pentagon toward the border. The lawsuit says diverting billions from defense programs in the states, including from National Guard accounts, “will cause damage to their economies, harming their proprietary interests.” The states also argue that the diversion of money violates Congress’ appropriation powers.

States in the lawsuit are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin. Trump declared a national emergency last year to divert money from military infrastructure projects and antidrug accounts to finance border barriers. Nearly $10 billion has been shifted from the Pentagon since then. At a House Appropriations Defense subcommittee hearing Tuesday, ranking Republican Ken Calvert of California called the money shift “troublesome” and warned lawmakers could “lose control of the appropriating process.”

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