Katie Hill worried that President Trump, in seeking to reallocate funds from various military construction projects to fund his border wall, would take from Edwards Air Force Base.
Her district was spared, but that didn’t stop Hill (D-Agua Dulce) from bemoaning the California sites the Pentagon included in its pool, including Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego County and Fort Irwin National Training Center in San Bernardino County.
“Pulling mission-critical military construction funding to sidestep Congress and deliver an unrealistic campaign promise is outrageous,” Hill said in a statement. “Any pull of military funding from California that has already been authorized and appropriated – like Camp Pendleton and Fort Irwin – is a hit to us all. I will vote to override the President’s veto of the House and Senate’s bipartisan refute of this plan that threatens our national security and hurts our communities.”
The Los Angeles Times released the Pentagon’s complete funding list on its website. The 21-page document lists 13 California sites as possible places from which to draw funding.
Included in the criteria are: not using projects in which funding has already been awarded, not using any housing projects, and using only projects that would be funded after Sept. 30.
Hill requests Cemex decision
In an unrelated matter, Hill has requested the Department of the Interior’s Board of Land Appeals make an immediate decision on the future of the Cemex mine.
In a letter to Acting Secretary David Bernhardt provided by Hill’s office, Hill asked for his help in bringing about a resolution.
“While I recognize that this is an administrative judicial process outside of the direct scope of your office, any assistance that you can provide in facilitating an early decision would be most welcomed,” Hill wrote.
The Sand Canyon-based mine has been a source of contention between the city and Mexico-based Cemex. The company has for decades wanted to mine 56 million net tons of gravel and sand from it; the city has resisted. There have been lawsuits and involvement from various officials, including former Reps. Buck McKeon and Steve Knight. Most recently, the Bureau of Land Management canceled the contracts for Cemex to mine; the organization has appealed.