09.09.19

What is the Cost Of President Trump’s Wall?

Prepared by the office of Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

Q: What Is The Cost Of Less Than 23 Miles Of President Trump’s Ineffective Border Wall?

A: Stealing From Children of Military Families. 

To build less than 23 miles of his ineffective border wall, President Trump cancelled 11 projects to replace schools and build a child development center on American military bases around the world.  This included the School at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, Butner Elementary School in North Carolina, and the Ramey Unit School in Puerto Rico, impacting thousands of American children from kindergarten through high school. 

A one-pager is available HERE, a breakdown to see what fraction of a mile of ineffective border wall each school was worth to President Trump is available HERE.

Q: What is the Cost Of 30 Miles Of President Trump’s Ineffective Border Wall?

A: Our European Allies Confronting An Increasingly Aggressive Russia.  

To build just 30 miles of his ineffective border wall, President Trump cancelled 25 European Deterrence Initiative projects.  The European Deterrence Initiative was established in 2014 to deter Russian aggression and allow the United States and its allies to respond rapidly to crises as they emerge.  According to former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder, by cancelling these investments in our allies, President Trump will weaken NATO’s eastern flank and its efforts to deter Russia. 

A one-pager detailing these projects and the European Deterrence Initiative is available HERE.

Q: What Is The Cost Of 16 Miles Of President Trump’s Ineffective Border Wall?

A: Continuing A Petty Political Spat And Robbing The American Citizens Of Puerto Rico Of $400 Million In Emergency Appropriations To Recover From Hurricane Maria. 

To build just 16 miles of his ineffective border wall, President Trump robbed $400 million in funds meant to help the American Citizens of Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria, continuing his petty political spat with the island that lost an estimated 2,975 people, American citizens, in the storm.

A one-pager detailing these projects is available HERE.   

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