Funding slated for the construction of a pier that supports the Maritime Force Protection Unit at Naval Base Kitsap is among the $3.6 Billion that will be diverted to President Donald Trump’s border wall. The Pentagon announced Wednesday that just under $1.8 Billion of that is being shifted away from projects in 23 states and three US territories.
This diversion has sparked anger from many lawmakers including U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06). The three released the following statement in response:
“Each year, Congress works with the Department of Defense to fund priority military projects that are imperative to our national security. It is deeply disturbing to see the administration unilaterally raid funds from these vital projects in Washington and across the country to fund an ineffective, completely unnecessary border wall. Our men and women in uniform deserve better.”
According to Senators and Congressman, the pier project has the potential to create jobs and spur economic growth in Kitsap County while supporting critical missions that protect America.
The Maritime Force Protection Unit at Naval Base Kitsap protects submarines and their crew on the way to and from the base.