GOP senators object to White House delaying home-state projects for border wall

GOP Utah Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeZuckerberg woos Washington critics during visit Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers to discuss 'future internet regulation' Hillicon Valley: Election security looms over funding talks | Antitrust enforcers in turf war | Facebook details new oversight board | Apple fights EU tax bill MORE and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Missouri man latest to die of vaping-related illness Senators draft bipartisan bill to ban flavored e-cigarettes MORE pushed back on Wednesday after the administration informed them it would be diverting money from Utah-based military projects to help pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. 
 
Romney said he was "disappointed" by the decision, noting that he and Lee had voiced "significant concerns" to the administration about pulling money away from military construction projects in Utah. 
 
"Funding the border wall is an important priority, and the Executive Branch should use the appropriate channels in Congress, rather than divert already appropriated funding away from military construction projects and therefore undermining military readiness," he said. 
 
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Lee added that "Congress has been ceding far too much powers to the executive branch for decades and it is far past time for Congress to restore the proper balance of power between the three branches."
 
The two GOP senators were informed that a total of $54 million was being taken from Utah projects, with the administration expected to request that the funding be "back filled" in the upcoming fiscal year 2020 appropriations process. 
 
The money being directed from projects in Utah is part of the larger $3.6 billion the administration is shifting from military construction projects to the border wall as part of the emergency declaration Trump declared earlier this year. The Pentagon began notifying lawmakers this week if their district or state would be affected. 
 
The decision has sparked fierce pushback this week, mainly from Democrats who are having money pulled away from home district and state projects. 
 
 
Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGOP's Kennedy sends warning shot to Trump nominee Menashi Democratic senators quietly hope Biden wins over rivals Grassley: Kavanaugh classmate didn't contact Senate panel MORE (D-Calif.) said that the Senate should "immediately pass a resolution of disapproval to block this unconstitutional action" once lawmakers return next week from the August recess.
 
But the GOP reaction has been more muted after Congress failed to override Trump's veto earlier this year of a resolution to nix his emergency declaration. Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.) has pledged that Democrats will force another vote on the emergency declaration this fall. 
 
Lee added on Wednesday that the decision to divert military construction funding was the latest example of why Congress should pass his legislation to limit a president's emergency powers. 
 
Under legislation introduced earlier this year by Lee, emergency declarations would automatically expire after 30 days unless Congress voted to continue them.