Hudson Continues Defense of MilCon Funds

February 11, 2019
Hudson Continues Defense of MilCon Funds
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg’s Congressman, released the following statement after sending a letter to President Donald Trump last week encouraging the Administration to not use funds already allocated for military construction to secure the border:
“I fully support President Trump’s goal to secure our border, and I strongly agree with the president that this should be done through Congress,” said Rep. Hudson. “If the president is forced to declare a national emergency because Congressional Democrats refuse to take border security seriously, I am asking this administration not to tap into already appropriated military construction funds that our troops and their families need.”
To read the letter, click here.
As Rep. Hudson told Spectrum News last week, “Fort Bragg has a lot of needs. Over the last 10 years with devastating budget cuts in defense, we’ve had a lot of neglect when it comes to upkeep and maintenance on facilities.”
Last month, Rep. Hudson told the Fayetteville Observer he was opposed to using already allocated military construction funds to build a border wall:
“U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, who represents Fort Bragg, said he is opposed to using those funds for purposes other than what they’re intended to be funded.
‘Technically the president could declare a national emergency,’ Hudson said, adding that he thinks there is a crisis at the border and it should be secured. ‘But I think it’s a bad precedent that a future president could declare a national emergency … I think Congress ought to appropriate the money.’
Hudson said the unobligated funds is not extra money ‘sitting around,’ but rather is planned for needed projects, which could be in study, architecture or design phases.
‘Particularly at Fort Bragg, we’ve got a lot of needs for facilities that may not be budgeted and isn’t under contract yet, but that money is desperately needed,’ he said.”
Fort Bragg’s congressman opposes military dollars for border wall, Fayetteville Observer, 01.22.2019
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