Military could face new demands if government shuts down
WASHINGTON – The military might have to pick up the slack if a spat over President Donald Trump’s demands for border wall funding forces a partial government shutdown later this month.
With the military funded into late 2019, the Defense Department might have to fill in the gaps for agencies that aren’t, such as the Department of Homeland Security, which includes the Transportation Security Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The Defense Department, along with 75 percent of the government, saw its fiscal year 2019 budget approved earlier this year. But the remaining agencies are still awaiting approval for their spending plans.
“If DHS had to scale back its activities on the border, DOD might have to step up its activities,” said Mark Cancian, a senior adviser with the Washington think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies. For example, “if for some reason TSA had to reduce its operation ... you could imagine the military being ordered to support or conduct security at airports.”
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