House Speaker Pelosi warns St. Louis NGA project could be affected by border wall funding


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump's emergency declaration could, at least temporarily, siphon funding from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in St. Louis and send it instead to the new border wall.

McClatchyDC is reporting that Pelosi's office has a list of around 400 projects nationwide that could be affected by President Trump's national emergency declaration, which would steer billions of dollars towards the U.S.-Mexico border wall. 

$670 million could be at risk for the north St. Louis NGA building. KMOX's Kevin Killeen spoke to Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, who says it could only delay funding for this fiscal year, but have no impact on the construction schedule. Right now, the project is in the design phase, with construction slated for well down the road.

Blunt also says he's still gathering facts on the issue.

Mayor Lyda Krewson says she's just getting word of Speaker Pelosi's list, but adds she's been talking with the state's Congressional delegation since the President's move.

"We think that it won't have an impact," Krewson told KMOX's Michael Calhoun. "We certainly hope that it doesn't have an impact and that Congress will get it resolved."

The Mayor says it's in the federal government's hands now; the city's officially turned over the land. 

The NGA declined to comment to McClatchyDC.

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