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President Biden Orders Halt to Border Wall Construction

January 21, 2021

Directs Agencies to Formulate Plan to Redirect Funding

On January 20, President Biden issued a proclamation to “pause” construction of the southern border wall within seven days. The proclamation also directs the federal agencies to formulate a plan within 60 days to redirect funding for the border wall, and tasks the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security to resume, modify, or terminate such projects. President Biden’s proclamation rescinds the national emergency declaration issued under the Trump Administration to divert roughly $10 billion towards construction along the southern border. The pause applies to both border wall projects funded by redirected funds and border wall projects funded by direct appropriations from Congress. However, it also allows the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security to make exceptions to the pause. AGC will help inform federal agencies about the best pathways ahead for contractors and taxpayers.

For more information, contact jordan.howard@agc.org or (703) 837-5368.

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