Six Republican senators who are up for reelection in 2020 and who voted to support Donald Trump’s emergency wall declaration are about to watch their states lose millions of dollars in funding to build that wall. Sen. Thom Tillis is expected to face a tough battle in North Carolina, and now the state is losing $80 million. A $32.9 million elementary school at Fort Bragg had already been canceled, and now it’s joined by $40 million for a battalion complex and ambulatory care center at Camp Lejeune. No Florida senators are up in 2020, but that state, too, is losing military construction money that was supposed to go to hurricane-damaged bases.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state of Kentucky is losing $62 million, some of which was also slated for building a school. Sorry, military kids!
Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, up for election after losing in 2018 and being appointed to replace the late Sen. John McCain, had claimed to have assurances from the Defense Department that her state would be spared cuts. Not so much. Arizona is losing $30 million.
Colorado, where Sen. Cory Gardner is already pretty much toast, is losing $8 million. Sen. Lindsey Graham is campaigning as South Carolina sees $11 million go to the wall. And Sen. John Cornyn will face a challenge in Texas as $48 million slated for pre-existing construction projects gets siphoned off to the border.