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USThree border wall projects reportedly canceled due to lack of funding amid environmental lawsuit against Trump

07:30  15 september  2019
07:30  15 september  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Democrats walk tightrope in fight over Trump wall funds

Democrats walk tightrope in fight over Trump wall funds Democrats face politically fraught options in opposing President Trump's move to divert $3.6 billion in military funds to build 175 miles of his border wall.The legislative responses available to Democrats are few, given that the courts have largely ruled in the administration's favor when it comes emergency powers and the transfer of Pentagon funds. Pressing the issue runs the risk of derailing government funding legislation that Congress needs to pass by Oct. 1 to avert another shutdown. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

The divided three -judge panel in the Ninth Circuit agreed with a lower court’s decision from Friday that ruled “Congress and now two courts have said no to border wall funds ,” Dror Ladin, a staff attorney with the The move to reallocate the funds , which critics of the administration said contradicted the

Border communities and The Sierra Club will continue to challenge the constitutionality of Trump 's The ruling will likely not impact the other lawsuits by House Democrats or states against the Trump The lawsuit argues Trump 's choice to move funds for the wall violated the Appropriations Clause of

The Trump administration reportedly canceled three projects to build parts of the barrier wall at the U.S. southern border in Arizona and California.

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A Friday court filing by the legal team representing the Trump administration in a civil suit indicated funds for the three construction projects were insufficient to continue building.

The lawsuit, filed against the president and several Cabinet members in February, accuses the administration of illegally declaring a state of emergency in order to obtain funding for the border wall. The Center for Biological Diversity and several other environmental organizations are named as plaintiffs in the case.

McConnell vows to protect Kentucky middle school from Trump's grab for wall funding

McConnell vows to protect Kentucky middle school from Trump's grab for wall funding Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would defend funding for a new middle school in his home state of Kentucky after it was selected as one of the military projects the Trump administration will delay in order to fund border wall construction. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Secretary of Defense Matt Esper announced on Tuesday the list of projects impacted by the funding move, which would shift a little less than $1.8 billion from projects in 23 states and three US territories.

Despite the lack of dedicated funding , the Trump administration has moved forward. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol, said more than 230 companies had submitted proposals to build border wall prototypes.

Trump 's victory is muted by a federal ruling in California last month that blocked construction of key sections of the wall . The California case was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition.

"Of the 58 times presidents have previously declared emergencies under the National Emergencies Act, none involved using the emergency powers to fund a policy goal after a president failed to meet that goal through foreign diplomacy (having Mexico pay for the wall) or the congressional appropriations process," the original complaint said. "Never before has a president used the emergency powers granted to him by Congress in such a manner."

The lawsuit calls for the president and his administration to cease construction of the barrier at the southern border, citing concerns for wildlife.

"Of particular concern to Plaintiffs and their members, border barriers prevent the passage of wildlife, and could result in the extirpation of jaguars, ocelots, and other endangered species within the United States," it reads. "The use of funds for such barriers that on information and belief are directed at least in part to investigating and where relevant prosecuting organized criminal activities related to illegal wildlife trafficking further harms Plaintiffs’ interests in protecting and preserving biological diversity."

The Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental activist group, boasts on their website that they have sued the Trump administration and the president personally 158 times.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment on the matter.

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