Donald Trump wants a wall. Congress has made it quite clear that they will not appropriate funds for his project. At one point, the President threatened to shut down the government over the matter, but ended up backing down when the idea proved unpopular on both sides.
While the President won’t be getting congressional approval to build his wall, that doesn’t mean he has stopped looking for other ways. A new Department of Defense plan would divert funds away from an Oshkosh, Wisconsin plant that was awarded a contract to build tanks for the Army.
Trump’s new plan was blasted by Senator Tammy Baldwin. The Wisconsin lawmaker said, “The President’s unilateral action takes $101 million that was appropriated by Congress for Oshkosh Defense to build Heavy wheeled defense vehicles for the Army.”
Baldwin continued, “President Trump promised the people of Wisconsin that Mexico would pay for his border wall and now he is making American taxpayers fund it. Wisconsin manufacturers strengthen our national defense and create jobs, but Trump is taking funding away from our economy and the workers that build it.”
John Bryan, President of Oshkosh Defense, the company that would lose the contract, said in a statement:
“While we can’t comment on the U.S. Government’s plans, what we can tell you is that our 3,100 team members and 750 direct suppliers are working hard each day to support our U.S. military customer. Of those 750 suppliers, over 160 are located right here in Wisconsin, in addition to many indirect suppliers that provide critical support to our manufacturing facilities. At Oshkosh Defense, we execute our tactical wheeled vehicle (TWV) programs on time and on budget. We are committed to our mission to build the world’s best TWVs that protect our brave men and women in uniform, so that they may complete their missions and return home safely.”