Senate Democrats are trying to prevent President Trump from being able to redirect Defense Department funding to construction of his border wall.
Democrats filed an amendment, spearheaded by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would prohibit Trump from using national defense funds authorized by the mammoth policy bill toward the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
The article goes on to state the following:
The amendment would also prohibit Trump from using national defense funds authorized between fiscal years 2015 and 2019 as part of the NDAA, an annual measure that outlines broad policy and spending rules for the Pentagon.
The amendment is supported by Democratic Sens. Tom Udall (N.M.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Brian Schatz (Hawaii), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Chris Murphy (Conn.). Leahy is the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, while Tester is the ranking member on the panel’s Department of Homeland Security subcommittee.
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