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GOP moves to block provision banning use of Defense funds for border wall

GOP moves to block provision banning use of Defense funds for border wall
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A group of Republicans in the House are attempting to block a Democrat-led provision that would prevent Defense funding from being used to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The provision is being included in the National Defense Authorization Act, which has been submitted to the House Rules Committee. 

Rep. Andy Biggs (Ariz.) is leading the efforts to block the amendment. He is being joined by Reps. Doug LaMalfaDouglas (Doug) LaMalfaGrowing number of lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol siege READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Interior ends endangered species protections for gray wolves MORE (Calif.), John JoyceJohn JoyceOvernight Health Care: CDC says it is safe for vaccinated people to unmask outdoors | White House: No decision yet on vaccine patent waiver | GOP doctors in Congress release video urging people to get vaccinated GOP doctors in Congress release video urging people to get vaccinated Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers MORE (Pa.), Barry Loudermilk (Ga.), Steven PalazzoSteven McCarty PalazzoEthics watchdog: 'Substantial' evidence GOP lawmaker improperly spent funds, misused position to help brother READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Arson suspected in destruction of Mississippi church that was suing over coronavirus restrictions MORE (Miss.), Guy ReschenthalerGuy ReschenthalerGOP lawmakers voice frustrations with McCarthy Tapper battles GOP lawmakers over criticism of Afghan vet's Electoral College vote READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (Pa.), Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceRomney: Capitol riot was 'an insurrection against the Constitution' Democrat moves to censure three Republicans for downplaying Jan. 6 GOP downplays Jan. 6 violence: Like a 'normal tourist visit' MORE (Ga.), Dan MeuserDaniel (Dan) MeuserREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (Pa.), Rick CrawfordRick CrawfordGas shortages spread to more states Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats hearing MORE (Ark.), Ron WrightRon WrightHouse Democrats unveil .9 billion bill to boost security after insurrection Carter sworn in as House member to replace Richmond, padding Democrats' majority Unsuccessful anti-Trump Republican candidate: GOP 'not living up to this moment' MORE (Texas), Glenn GrothmanGlenn S. GrothmanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Masks off: CDC greenlights return to normal for vaccinated Americans Stefanik shake-up jump-starts early jockeying for committee posts Political fireworks fuel DC statehood hearing MORE (Wis.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarJuan Williams: The GOP's losing bet on Trump Romney: Capitol riot was 'an insurrection against the Constitution' Democrat moves to censure three Republicans for downplaying Jan. 6 MORE (Ariz.), Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsBoehner finally calls it as he sees it Stephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits A year with the coronavirus: How we got here MORE (N.C.), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzTroubles grow for Gaetz as former associate flips Gaetz associate pleads guilty Gaetz compares allegations against him to earmarks: 'Everybody knows that that's the corruption' MORE (Fla.),  Duncan HunterDuncan HunterTrump denies Gaetz asked him for blanket pardon Gaetz, on the ropes, finds few friends in GOP Trust, transparency, and tithing is not enough to sustain democracy MORE (Calif.), and Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.).

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While the Department of Defense hasn’t used Pentagon funds for wall construction, it has shifted $2.5 billion from different accounts into an account for counter-drug efforts intended to be used for the wall.  

Proponents of the amendment blasted Democrats for including it in the legislation, saying that it's politicizing what could have been a bipartisan bill. 

“Democrats would rather corner Republicans into opposing this measure than to work with the President to resolve the situation at the southern border. Section 1046 is anything but bipartisan, and it is meant to stymie President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE’s attempts to secure our border and protect innocent Americans,” Biggs said in a statement. 

"Some of my Democrat colleagues previously supported funding for border wall construction, yet they now oppose their existence. The president is correct to use any lawful means to build the wall – especially when Congress abdicates its responsibility.”

The amendment faces an uphill battle in the Democrat-controlled House, with the House Armed Services Committee having previously shot down similar amendments during its markup earlier this month.  

Democrats have argued using Defense dollars for the wall would be a misallocation of funds. 

“This money should not come out of the Department of Defense as, by the way, a lot of my Republican colleagues said when this first came up,” said Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithPush to combat sexual assault in military reaches turning point GOP Rep. Turner to lead House push to address military sexual assault US is leaving, but Afghan women to fight on for freedoms MORE (D-Wash.), the chairman of the Armed Service Committee, in the panel's markup.