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Utah’s senators ask Defense Dept to protect HAFB funding

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Utah’s senators are asking the Pentagon to leave Hill Air Force Base funding alone. They don’t want millions in construction money diverted to the border wall.

Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney say they are very concerned about shifting funds away from military projects at Hill Air Force Base as a result of the national emergency declaration. The two senators voted to block that declaration although they both say the border needs a stronger barrier.

The Pentagon has a list of projects that could be delayed in order to finish that wall. The list includes more than $129 million in construction funds associated with HAFB.

One of the projects is a new mission control center, which would replace two 74-year old converted warehouses. Lee and Romney say moving the Hill funding would have a severe and unacceptable impact on our military readiness.