Blunt says he hopes Trump won’t tap NGA construction for border wall

By on February 25, 2019

From STLToday: Sen. Roy Blunt said Thursday (February 21) it is possible the White House could delay for six months funding of the ongoing construction of a new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency western headquarters in north St. Louis, but says he hopes that won’t happen because of its importance to national security.

And a public affairs officer for the NGA’s national headquarters, Nancy Rapavi, said that “NGA has not received notification of any delay to the Next NGA West project.”

The response from Blunt, R-Mo., followed a question the senator got at an appearance in O’Fallon, Mo., about a list of all military construction projects in the country circulated by Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee.

In opposing Trump’s move to shift that money, part of the president’s national emergency declaration last week, Democrats claim some are at risk because Trump wants to divert money from military construction to the Mexico border wall.

Two projects on that list are the $1.7 billion NGA headquarters and separate funding for a new hospital at Fort Leonard Wood. Roughly $300 million for the NGA is in this year’s military construction budget.

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