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Peoria Air Guard’s new firehouse could be delayed if funds diverted for border wall

The Peoria Air National Guard could lose $9 million in funding for a new firehouse this year under President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a southern border wall.

The national emergency declaration allows the president to divert millions in military construction funds towards construction of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The president said there is a humanitarian and security crisis on the southern border. Last week, Trump vetoed a resolution of disapproval which would have blocked him from diverting military funds for border wall construction.

A new communications facility at Scott Air Force Base near St. Louis and a new automated record fire range for the Army National Guard in Marseilles would also be impacted.

“This is a reckless and irresponsible proposal that will hurt military readiness and undermine our ability to respond to real national security threats,” said U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) “To be clear, Donald Trump is proposing stealing funding that Congress appropriated for critical national defense projects in Illinois and across the country in order to fund a vanity project that he promised Mexico would pay for. This is a monumental waste of taxpayer dollars that is downright harmful to our nation.”

A list of projects potentially impacted by the emergency declaration was released Monday by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Tim Shelley

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