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May 20, 2020

Chairman Thompson Statement on $1.3 Billion Border Wall Contract

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news the Trump Administration awarded a $1.3 billion contract – the largest ever – for wall construction to a company, Fisher Sand and Gravel, that lacks the proper experience. The Federal government is still investigating the Administration’s previous contract with the company.  The Administration also did not announce the award. 

“If the Administration cared about anything besides political optics and maximizing miles of fence in the run up to an election, they wouldn’t have awarded this contract.  The facts remain that the DoD Inspector General has yet to determine if the December contract to the same company was properly awarded – and the country is facing a pandemic with no end in sight. It speaks volumes to the Administration’s lack of transparency that they didn’t announce this award – the largest ever – and we continue to learn about contracts to companies without a proven track record from the media.  Given the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing investigation into Fisher, the Administration should pause construction and contracting decisions until the investigation has concluded favorably and it is safe to resume non-essential construction projects.”

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