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Wisconsin lawmakers at odds over federal funding for Madison military base

MADISON (WKOW) — Two members of Congress from Wisconsin don’t agree whether federal money for a Madison military base project will be refunded. 

This month President Trump shifted billions from 127 military projects to pay for the border wall. That included $8 million for a small arms range at Truax Field. 

Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI), who sits on the House Appropriation Committee said the money won’t be returned. 

But over the weekend when 27 News asked Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) if the Truax project would be refunded he firmly believed so.

“That money will be easily refunded through the appropriation process… Congress will backfill that money in 2020’s appropriation bill,” said Johnson.

When asked if Pocan knows if it will ever be refunded he said not aware of any funds to replace the billions of dollars President Trump diverted for the wall.

He (Trump) said it would be back-funded, but again, we’re the ones who allocate funds,” said Pocan. 

“It’s not likely to be back-funded because we funded it for that purpose there’s not new money. He put out a lie when he said that money would be back-funded.”

A spokesman for the Wisconsin National Guard said they have not received any update on when or if the project would resume. 

“We were told weeks ago the project at Truax is on hold for the time being,” said Capt. Joe Trovato, a spokesperson for the Wisconsin National Gaurd.

Construction for the small arms range in Madison was set to begin next year.

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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