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One Year Ago Today: After Senator Tillis Voted In Favor Of The President’s Emergency Declaration, Pentagon Reveals $80 Million Cuts From North Carolina Bases

RALEIGH, NC — One year ago today, the Pentagon revealed that $80 million would be diverted from North Carolina military bases to pay for the president’s border wall, including major cuts to Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, and other North Carolina military projects. 

In March of 2019, after saying, “[i]t’s never a tough vote for me when I’m standing on principle,’ Senator Tillis flip-flopped, “pulled a complete reversal and voted with Trump,” allowing the president to use the national emergency declaration to redirect millions in military funding. 

And even after learning that North Carolina was set to lose $80 million for planned military construction, Senator Tillis cast his second vote in favor of it just a few weeks later. And in October, he voted for the emergency declaration for a third time.

His “Olympic gold flip-flop” led military families to question “how committed he was to their plight.” Tamara Terry, whose husband is stationed at Fort Bragg asked: “How can we trust you to fix it if you’re taking money from us actively for a border wall?” 

Yesterday, the Washington Post released a new report on the impact his decision has had on his re-election: “The issue gained attention particularly in North Carolina, where Tillis was accused of flip-flopping after vowing to vote against the emergency declaration in a Washington Post op-ed but then voting twice to uphold it.” Senator Tillis’ inability to stand up to the President in support of North Carolina’s military community proves just how out of touch he is with the people he seeks to serve: “‘It’s clear that, unlike Cal, Senator Tillis doesn’t understand the role our military bases play in keeping us safe at home,’ Simpson said in a statement. ‘If he did, he wouldn’t have voted multiple times to knowingly allow $80 million to be raided from North Carolina military bases and families.’”

A Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Cal Cunningham understands that this funding is critical to ensuring military readiness and protecting our national security. On the anniversary of Senator Tillis’ flip-flop, Cal said: “North Carolina servicemembers and their families deserve independent leadership in the Senate that will make sound decisions about their safety and preparedness, not someone who puts his own political interests ahead of the security interests of our state and country.”