Biden Using $1.9 Billion Meant for Border Wall on “Environmental Restoration”

During testimony before the House Budget Committee last Tuesday, Joe Biden’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shalanda Young testified that the administration took $1.9 billion allocated for the southern border wall and is spending it on “environmental restoration.”

Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO), ranking member of the committee, asked Young if the money was being used for storing building materials already purchased since the White House decided unilaterally to ignore the purpose of the prior allocation.

Although Young refused to provide specifics on how the money was being spent, she said the General Accounting Office had agreed that the administration was “obligating the funding prudently under the law.”

Upon further questioning about what that meant, Young finally admitted that the administration is “actually doing environmental restoration.” She said that work had been “woefully lacking” under President Trump. She also said the money was being spent on “community consultation.”

Rep. Smith also used his opening statement before Young’s testimony to slam the administration’s proposed fiscal year 2023 budget for “doubling down” on the Democratic agenda of runaway spending and increasing taxes and federal debt along with weakening the nation’s borders.

Smith added that since Young’s testimony on the budget last year, the nation now faces an energy crisis with gas prices exceeding $4 per gallon, a surge in violent crime nationwide, and an education crisis that has penalized children under the “guise of COVID-19.”

Smith also questioned Young about the unrealistic inflation projections being used by OMB. Biden’s proposed budget assumes that inflation will drop to 2 percent over the next 12 months. Inflation hit yet another 40-year high last month at 7.9 percent.

Since Biden assumed office, there have been more than 2.9 million recorded border encounters with illegal immigrants. The most recent omnibus spending bill demonstrates there is bipartisan support for funding the border wall. The federal government is now paying contractors not to build the wall.

The Biden White House is meanwhile moving forward with repealing Title 42, virtually guaranteeing a new flood of illegal immigration at the southern border. It is painfully obvious that the wall Congress specifically allocated funding to build remains a non-priority. It is also sadly obvious that “environmental restoration” and “community consultation” mean little more than a giveaway to interest groups connected to the Democrat Party.