September 04, 2019

Hirono Condemns Trump Administration Plan to Raid Military Funds to Build Border Wall

HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) released the following statement after the Trump administration announced that it would raid military funds in Hawaii to pay for President Trump’s border wall:

“It is now clear to all of us that Donald Trump and his complicit allies in Congress will sacrifice projects crucial for military readiness in order to appease his base and build his vanity wall.

“The Trump administration's cuts to military construction projects for service members in Hawaii include a critical repair to the Marine Corps Base Hawaii perimeter and improvements to an Air Force training facility that is necessary to maintain readiness.

“Our men and women in uniform took an oath to put their lives on the line in service to our country. The least they deserve in return is a commitment to provide the resources they need to fulfill their duty, and I will continue to fight to see this funding restored.”

The Department of Defense informed Senator Hirono that the Trump administration will take the following funding away from military projects in Hawaii:

  • $26.5 million for security improvements to Mokapu Gate at Marine Corps Base Hawaii 
  • $5.5 million for a Consolidated Training Facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam