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Push to save Fort Campbell school after Trump funding move

Posted at 6:17 AM, Sep 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-09 17:50:31-04

(CNN) — Reaction has been pouring in after President Donald Trump announced plans to divert more than a billion dollars from the military to help build a wall between the United States and Mexico.

The plan includes taking money previously earmarked to build a new school for children at Fort Campbell.

In 2011, the Pentagon listed Fort Campbell's middle school as overcrowded and underfunded.

People affected say they are outraged by the move.

"My children went to school on Fort Campbell. My children," said Sharon Chambers. "My son graduated from Fort Campbell. My husband was in the military for 21 years. I think it's an abomination. I think it's horrible."

Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper agreed.

"Congress had appropriated this money for a better school for Fort Campbell and suddenly that's taken away from us without any warning, without any notice, without any justice," the Democratic lawmaker said. "That just seems wrong."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he would defend funding for the new middle school.

The Kentucky Republican voted to support Trump's national security declaration in March, which allowed the President to use military funding for border wall projects.

A spokesman for McConnell said he is working with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on the issue.

The Trump administration plans to cut $1.1 billion from military projects to fun the wall.