McConnell says he'll find funds for school at Fort Campbell

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Posted at 7:00 AM, Oct 05, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said he is working to secure sufficient funding for Kentucky's military posts, including a new middle school at Fort Campbell.

The Trump administration announced plans in September to divert $3.6 billion in funding from military projects, like schools, to pay for the construction of a barrier along the U.S. - Mexico border.

McConnell made the remarks on Friday during an appearance in Louisville with Defense Secretary Mark Esper where they highlighted the importance of Kentucky's military installations to national security.

McConnell called September's announcement a "bump along the way" to getting the sufficient long-term military funding and pledged to "fully fund a new middle school at Fort Campbell, something they've wanted for years and I secured in the first place."

McConnell did not say where he would find the funding.