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Child care centers, cybersecurity facility among Pentagon projects delayed for wall
Funds diverted from military construction to border barriers under Trump's emergency declaration

A section of border barrier stretches through the Rio Grande Valley sector of the Texas-Mexico border. (Jinitzail Hernández/CQ Roll Call)

Pentagon officials briefed lawmakers Wednesday on which military construction projects previously approved by Congress would be delayed so the Trump administration can instead use the money to pay for barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The list includes child care centers, roads, at least one cybersecurity facility and more, members of Congress said in statements. A copy of the list provided to CQ Roll Call by a congressional office also includes facilities at military bases hit by hurricanes, such as Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, as well as school construction.

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House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., prepares for final appropriations work before he retires. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rodents and Rot: Defense Facilities 'Failing'
Senate finds a quarter of U.S. military facilities are falling apart

The Senate Appropriations Committee reports that the military is having problems maintaining its facilities. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images file photo)

A quarter of the U.S. military’s facilities are falling apart, the Senate Appropriations Committee says.  

“According to recent facility condition assessment data, one in four Defense facilities are rated as being in poor or failing condition,” the committee wrote in a report  accompanying the fiscal 2017 Milcon-VA spending bill that the panel approved Thursday.