Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan listens during a proclamation signing with President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, March 25, 2019. Top defense leaders will face worried lawmakers on Capitol Hill for the first time since the Pentagon listed military construction projects that could lose funding this year to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Congress likely to question use of military funds for wall

March 26, 2019 - 12:18 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top defense leaders will face worried lawmakers on Capitol Hill for the first time since the Pentagon spelled out the military construction projects that could lose funding this year to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will testify at a House Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday along with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford.

This will be their first hearing appearance since Shanahan sent Congress a list that included 150 projects worth more than $4.3 billion that could be targeted.

Defense officials say projects that lose funding this year could be refunded next year. But some lawmakers have opposed any use of military construction money for the wall.

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