WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (WDTN) – Because the impact of the President’s State of Emergency declaration could mean money will be taken away from military construction projects, there is fear that the emergency order may affect projects at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
On Monday, roughly a dozen protesters made their stance clear outside of Congressman Mike Turner’s office.
“If he is going to be the Lord and Savior of Wright-Patterson, he needs to stand up and do it. He has to protect them. That’s going to mean challenging the President. As a party puppet, he doesn’t like to do that,” says democrat Theresa Gasper.
Wright-Patt is home to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, which is planning a $182 million expansion.
Last Friday, Turner supported the idea of securing the border but said in a statement:
“I supported this funding deal as a step towards securing our border, which we absolutely must do. However, I believe it is a dangerous precedent for the President to be forced to declare a national emergency because Congress refuses to provide necessary funding to protect our country. As I have voiced to this Administration repeatedly, I strongly believe securing our border should not be done at the expense of previously funded military construction projects.”
Leaders at the Dayton Development Coalition say Turner fought hard for the funding and pulling any money is not acceptable, saying, “The NASIC Intelligence Facility construction project at Wright-Patterson is critically important to national security and must be funded without delay as Congress intended.”
Meanwhile, protesters say the President himself knows this is a dangerous move.
“He, himself, admitted this is not necessary, that he doesn’t have to do it. This is not a real emergency,” says Dayton resident Jessica Ramos.
The Intelligence Center has more than 3,000 employees and a multi-million dollar budget.
Recently, Turner joined a letter led by Congressman Richard Hudson to the Administration urging against use of funds to secure the southern border that were previously allocated for military construction.
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