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Durbin criticizes Trump’s budget cuts to National Guard

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The 182nd Air Guard Base in Peoria

Peoria (WEEK) -- Sen. Dick Durbin (D, Illinois) slammed President Trump over proposed cuts to the National Guard that could delay upgrades at the 182nd Air Guard in Peoria.

Multiple outlets have reported that Trump's budget proposal calls for $3.8 billion in military funds be diverted to the southern border wall. Around $1.3 billion of that would come from the Guard.

The money does not come out of the Peoria Air Guard's budget, but it does reduce the amount available for all bases to upgrade planes and equipment. The 182nd has been looking to replace older, inefficient planes.

Sen. Durbin criticized the plan at the Peoria Democrats' annual President's Day Dinner.

"I think there's going to be a bipartisan push back against the administration," Durbin said. "I can tell you that when it comes to Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D, Illinois) and Rep. Cheri Bustos (D, Illinois), we're going to fight for the Air Guard unit here. This is a great unit with a great record, and if the President wants a battle over it, bring it on."

This would not be the first time the President has taken money from the Pentagon for use on the border wall. However, Politico reports it would be the first time military equipment money was rerouted.

25 News Staff

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