Money from a retirement program for the US military is set to be diverted to pay for Trump's border wall

  
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Money from a retirement program for the US military is set to be diverted to pay for Trump's border wall

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Money from a retirement program for the US military is set to be diverted to pay for Trump's border wall












  • The Supreme Court decided last week that Department of Defense funding could be used to construct sections of President Donald Trump's wall at the US-Mexico border.
  • Programs set to lose funding include a retirement program for the military and a program to support Afghan security forces, among others.
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The White House scored a major win last week after the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision said that about$2.5 billion in Defense Department funds could be used to construct sections of the president's highly sought-after wall at the US-Mexico border.

President Donald Trump celebrated the news on Twitter, describing the decision as a "big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!"

But Dror Ladin, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project who represented the groups whofiled a lawsuit challenging Trump's emergency-powers declaration to secure funding to build the wall, was quick to point out in a statementthat last week's order wasn't a final ruling but temporary and limited to specific wall projects.


"The Supreme Court didn't give Trump's abuse of emergency powers the stamp of approval, or say anything about whether the wall construction was lawful. Nor did the Supreme Court say that our clients lack standing," Ladin said.


Ladin added: "As our lawsuit proceeds, we will continue to make the case that our clients, who will be harmed because of Trump's xenophobic wall, deserve their day in court to prevent and undo that harm."

The ACLU's case, filed on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, will return to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Pentagon has eyes on where the money for the wall could come from


But as the ACLU continues litigation to block the use of military funds for border-wall funding, Pentagon officials announced this week which programs would lose Defense Department funds to build the wall, The Wall Street Journal reported.


Notably, it said about $224 million would be taken from the Blended Retirement System, which combines elements of the military's retirement system with a system offering benefits similar to civilian 401(k) programs.


Other programs set to significantly lose funding: $604 million that was supposed to support Afghan security forces; $251 million in Pentagon funds for destroying US chemical weapons; and about $343 million "in spending from Air Force weapons programs where officials have negotiated reductions or canceled systems," The Journal said. Funds for construction projects for military bases across the world could also go toward the border wall.

Todd Harrison, director of the Defense Budget Analysis Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told The Journal that while it isn't uncommon to shift funds among programs in the federal government, the size and method of the border-wall transfers were unusual.

In an interview on Thursday with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria," the acting Customs and Border Protection chief, Mark Morgan, said the Defense Department funding would go not just toward a wall but "a wall system."


"There's technology. There's access roads. There's lighting," Morgan said.


"Every mile that goes up, we are exponentially raising our capacity with the Border Patrol to do their job effectively," he added.




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Tessylo
1  seeder  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

The Pentagon Has Eyes On Where The Money For The Wall Could Come From

But as the ACLU continues litigation to block the use of military funds for border-wall funding, Pentagon officials announced this week which programs would lose Defense Department funds to build the wall, The Wall Street Journal reported.


Notably, it said about $224 million would be taken from the Blended Retirement System, which combines elements of the military's retirement system with a system offering benefits similar to civilian 401(k) programs.

Other programs set to significantly lose funding: $604 million that was supposed to support Afghan security forces; $251 million in Pentagon funds for destroying US chemical weapons; and about $343 million "in spending from Air Force weapons programs where officials have negotiated reductions or canceled systems," The Journal said. Funds for construction projects for military bases across the world could also go toward the border wall.

Todd Harrison, director of the Defense Budget Analysis Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told The Journal that while it isn't uncommon to shift funds among programs in the federal government, the size and method of the border-wall transfers were unusual.

 
 
 
lady in black
2  lady in black    2 weeks ago

But, but, but, trumptard is soooooooo patriotic and so for military personnel....yeah right....he is a fucking disgrace!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3  Trout Giggles    2 weeks ago

Did he forget that military retirees vote, too?

 
 
 
Tessylo
3.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    2 weeks ago

Did he forget the residents of Baltimore City and all the other cities which he has called 'infested' vote too?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tessylo @3.1    2 weeks ago

I don't think he cares

 
 
 
SteevieGee
3.2  SteevieGee  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    2 weeks ago

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Karri
3.3  Karri  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    2 weeks ago

I just hope it doesn't include money for military widows.  I relay on that money.

Oh, and, yes, military widows vote, too.

Dear Mr. Trump, the military aren't like the green army toys you had as a kid.

 
 
 
WallyW
4  WallyW    2 weeks ago

Hold the hysteria, vets won't lose their retirement.

https://militarypay.defense.gov/blendedretirement/

 
 
 
Texan1211
4.1  Texan1211  replied to  WallyW @4    2 weeks ago
Hold the hysteria, vets won't lose their retirement.

Well, yeah, but that doesn't sound nearly hysterical enough.

You know this is just a continuation of a pattern--push Grandma off a cliff, people dying in the streets because we don't have Medicare for all, war on women, etc.

 
 
 
Split Personality
4.2  Split Personality  replied to  WallyW @4    2 weeks ago
Hold the hysteria, vets won't lose their retirement.

Where did the article, or any commenting member, say that vets would lose their retirement Wally?

Why no one, of course. The article says that the program could lose $224 million from it's budget.

https://militarypay.defense.gov/blendedretirement/

Thanks, this is the third time this page has been linked in this article and does nothing to support your comment.

 
 
 
Karri
4.3  Karri  replied to  WallyW @4    2 weeks ago

Thanks for the link.  I am not in that system since my husband died fifteen years ago. 

I don't know how I feel about this program.  I guess it is good for those who don't plan on 20+ years of service.  But, then. I remember what the Navy was like in the 1950s.  I like the traditions.

 
 
 
Split Personality
4.3.1  Split Personality  replied to  Karri @4.3    2 weeks ago

The 'legacy system' guaranteed service members 50% of their highest base pay for their highest rank. ( with several caveats)

There was little incentive to stay in past 20 years unless you were confident you could keep rising through the ranks

to get your retirement pay at 50% of master Chief or General, etc.

.

The new Blended Retirement Plan offers a modified Thrift Savings plan

where the government actually matches the service members contributions,

(much like a 401 K),

but caps retirement pay at 2% for every year served - effectively 40% for 20 years served, 

a 10% decrease designed to save the services and government $$$.

However, it is conceivable (now) for someone to stay in for 30 years and get a 60% of base pay retirement benefit,

assuming the service member survives long enough to avoid being "boarded out" for not making a promotion cut.

Except for occasionally allowed retirements at 15 years, no one can retire from the military with less than 20 years service.

A very sincere thank you for you and your husbands service.

 
 
 
Karri
4.3.2  Karri  replied to  Split Personality @4.3.1    2 weeks ago
There was little incentive to stay in past 20 years unless you were confident you could keep rising through the ranks

Actually, you continued to receive more of your base pay -- 2 or 2.5% per year.

 
 
 
nightwalker
5  nightwalker    2 weeks ago

Not to worry that the military will run out of funds, although they might still use it as a excuse.

Military budget 2019: 716 billon. MB for 2020: 738 billon. A increase of a mere 22 billon, so it's returned with interest. Projected for 2021: 740.5 billon, a tiny little 2.5 billon but I'm sure trump will adjust that, we need the money to get the cold war that Putin wants to have get in gear.

This was just so trump could establish precedence to get money from the military any time he wants and a way to get around congress. A wonderful piggy bank for trump and his scams, he's been depressed since they closed his personal charity down.

And as trump tweeted, "go for it republicans, there is plenty of time to cut."

Not the MB, of course, but anything else (like SNAP) should be cut to give the military more money.

See? I cheered ya'll up.

LOL

 

 
 
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