war on the rocks

White House Reprogramming Unspent Federal Funds for Border Wall

February 13, 2019

Episode Notes:

The White House is pursuing plans to redirect unspent federal dollars to fund President Trump’s border wall as a possible alternative or complementary source of funding. However, the potential funds in question are allocated programmatically and involve vested constituencies and interests that oppose the redirection.

Rick Berger, Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, provides the details and the likely course of action the White House will pursue.

[ 0:18 ] Introduction
[ 0:40 ] Where the Administration wants to draw the funds
[ 2:03 ] Alternative or a complement to declaring a national emergency
[ 6:18 ] Vulnerability to court challenges
[ 9:25 ] Impact on military readiness