Halting Border Wall Project Reportedly Could Save $2.6 Billion

Halting Border Wall Project Reportedly Could Save $2.6 Billion a piece of border wall A plaque commemorating President Donald Trumps hangs on the United States-Mexico border wall on Dec. 1, 2020 in Calexico, California. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

By Charlie McCarthy | Wednesday, 16 December 2020 09:19 PM

The United States would save nearly $2.6 billion if border wall construction is stopped, it was reported Wednesday.

The Washington Post said US Army Corps commanders met with President-elect Joe Biden's transition team last week. Biden has said he would not construct "another foot" of the structure as part of the southern border wall project started by President Donald Trump.

The Post cited US Army Corps of Engineers estimates when reporting the $2.6 billion. The estimates did not publicly disclose potential costs incurred by stopping work on the wall.

"We cannot speculate on what the final cost estimates for undelivered work would be nor speculate about what actions a White House Administration may or may not take," Corps spokesperson Raini Brunson said in a statement.

Biden's transition team had not responded to The Hill’s inquiry to confirm the report.

According to US Customs and Border Protection, the Trump administration has completed 738 miles of border wall after receiving $15 billion in federal funding for the project. About one-third of that amount came from Congress as part of the standard appropriations process. The rest of the money was reprogrammed from other areas.

Nearly $3.3 billion in unused funds will remain in the project's account when Biden takes office Jan. 20

The report said Army Corps officials had met to discuss how to terminate the contracts with contractors and what terms can be legally exercised. Contracts can be changed or ended by the Biden administration, though companies can bill the government for "demobilization" fees.

Estimates by the Corps anticipate such fees could amount to $700 million.

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