Higgins Says Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is Spared, For Now, from Cuts to Fund the Wall
Today the Trump Administration announced that the Pentagon will divert $3.6 billion in military construction projects to pay for the border wall. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), has learned that the $14 million training and fitness center at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) is not on the list of cuts at this time.
Months ago, Congressman Higgins expressed his opposition to the President’s move to cut military construction projects to pay for his wall, saying, “The President’s unnecessary declaration represents an overt overreach of power, and the outstanding men and women who dedicate themselves to service will be left paying the price.”
Higgins reiterated his concern today, “While Niagara Falls has been spared from the chopping block for now, projects that support military operations and readiness across the country and the world will be impacted. This is no way to support our troops.”
The Military Construction Codification Act (10 U.S.C. § 2808) authorizes the Administration to reallocate funds for construction projects during a national emergency—but only if the project is “necessary to support” a “use of the armed forces” and qualifies as a “military construction project.” In February the President issued a National Emergency declaration, using this statute, a move that has been rejected by Members on both sides of the aisle in both Houses of Congress.
On February 26, 2019, Congressman Higgins was among a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives voting to overturn the President’s Emergency Declaration that will pull funds from the military for the President’s wall. In a bipartisan vote the Senate also voted to block the National Emergency Act on March 14. The President vetoed the bills approved by Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate on March 15.