Mulvaney: Military projects impacted by wall funding haven't been decided yet

Mulvaney: Military projects impacted by wall funding haven't been decided yet
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White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyDick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid MORE said Sunday that it "could be a while" before lawmakers have a list of military construction projects impacted by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE's emergency declaration to move funding to a wall along the southern border.

Mulvaney, who also heads the Office of Management and Budget, said he's not aware of any existing list that describes projects that will have funding reallocated to the border wall.

"I know of no list and if anybody should know it should be me," he said on "Face the Nation" on CBS. "There’s no list of projects that are absolutely not going to be funded so that the wall can be."


Mulvaney said that no programs that had money appropriated through September of this year will be affected. Instead, the list in question would consist of programs that are set to be funded beyond the end of this fiscal year, which would allow Congress time to backfill the funding.

"I know of the universe of things that might be delayed, or reduced, or cut in a very extreme circumstance that could be used to fund the wall," he said. "But a list of a decision that's already been made, saying this money's going to be cut and spent over there, that’s not been made yet.” 

In declaring a national emergency last month, the president said he planned to redirect $3.6 billion in military construction funding toward the border wall project. He also said he would take separate executive action to repurpose about $2.5 billion from the Defense Department’s drug-interdiction program and $600 million from the Treasury Department’s asset-forfeiture fund.

Senators have expressed frustration over the lack of information regarding which specific military construction projects could be affected, with a handful of Senate Democrats writing to acting Secretary of Defense Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanWhy Dave Norquist is the perfect choice for DOD's deputy secretary Five questions for Trump's new defense secretary on first major tour Trump says media is part of vetting his nominees: 'We save a lot of money that way' MORE last week to demand a full list.

Shanahan sought to reassure senators at a hearing on Thursday that Trump’s use of military construction funding for a wall "will not come at the expense of our people, our readiness, or our modernization."

Trump on Friday vetoed a resolution terminating the national emergency, setting up Congress for a vote to override it.

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineA lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair Warren's pledge to avoid first nuclear strike sparks intense pushback Almost three-quarters say minimum age to buy tobacco should be 21: Gallup MORE (D-Va.) suggested in an interview broadcast Sunday on "Face the Nation" that the White House was attempting to withhold the list of relevant projects until after Congress votes on the veto as a way to keep certain lawmakers from rebuking the White House.

"This is the White House wanting to hold the list back because they worry that if senators and House members saw the potential projects that were going to be ransacked to pay for the president’s wall they would lose votes," Kaine said.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhy President Trump needs to speak out on Hong Kong Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid MORE (D-Calif.) has set a vote in the House to override the president's veto for March 26.

Mulvaney said Sunday that he's certain Congress lacks the votes necessary to override the veto.