Senator McSally Breaks Promise, Fort Huachuca project not restored
Fort Huachuca project raided for wall funding left out of spending bill
The spending deal released by congressional leaders yesterday does not include funding for the projects at Fort Huachuca and other military bases across the country that were cancelled in order to fund border wall construction, breaking a promise Senator McSally had made to restore the funds.
On September 23rd, when asked by a constituent on a telephone town hall about the Fort Huachuca funding, McSally said, “So as we work through our Senate and House differences that funding will be seamlessly provided.” The funding is now not included in the appropriations bill or the defense bill covering the next year.
Senator McSally has voted three times to back the plan to raid military construction funds, twice with the knowledge that it would take funding from a project at Fort Huachuca that the Army has said was to replace “unsafe facilities” that “jeopardize personnel health.”
“As a result of Senator McSally’s failure, this project at Fort Huachuca is now cancelled and there is no certainty about when it will move forward,” said Mark Kelly. “Senator McSally made promises she couldn’t keep and put funding for Arizona’s military bases on the chopping block, instead of putting our state first.”
Timeline of Votes, Statements, Events related to raid of Ft. Huachuca funding for border wall construction:
- 3/13 / 3/14: Senator McSally says she received “assurances” Arizona projects would not be impacted by national emergency declaration to divert funds from military construction projects to border wall construction. Mark Kelly Statement on McSally’s Support for National Emergency
- 3/14: McSally votes for the first time to uphold the plan to raid military construction funds for border wall construction.
- 9/4: DoD announces that Fort Huachuca project among those raided for border wall, McSally “downplayed” the announcement. Mark Kelly: McSally Failed to Put Arizona First and Fort Huachuca Paid the Price
- 9/18: Washington Post reports that Army had said Fort Huachuca project was to address “unsafe” conditions for service members and to “promote a healthier, safer work environment.” Mark Kelly Tweets about Army Report on Fort Huachuca Project
- 9/23: On a telephone town hall, when asked by a constituent about the Fort Huachuca funding, McSally said, “So as we work through our Senate and House differences that funding will be seamlessly provided.”
- 9/25: McSally votes again to uphold plan, this time knowing it was raiding funds from a Fort Huachuca project. Mark Kelly on Fort Huachuca Funding Raid: “An Arizona senator never should have voted for this”
- 10/18: McSally again votes to uphold the plan, the second time she did so knowing it was raiding funds from a Fort Huachuca project. Mark Kelly Statement on Failed Veto Override of Fort Huachuca Funding Raid
- 12/9: Congressional leaders announce compromise defense policy bill — known as National Defense Authorization Act – that McSally says delivers “massive wins for Arizona.” Bill explicitly fails to restore funding to project at Fort Huachuca and other bases that had funding raided for border wall construction. Kelly: McSally again failed Fort Huachuca