Just Like President Trump Said The Wall Is Being Built
A House spending bill would provide $5-B next year for building President Donald Trump’s proposed border Wall with Mexico.
Democrats oppose financing The Trump Wall but lack the votes by themselves to block House approval of that amount. President Trump said in April that he would “have no choice” but to force a government shutdown this Fall if he does not get the border security money he wants.
The $5-B is well above the $1.6-B in the Senate version of the bill, which would finance the Homeland Security Department. The higher amount matches what Trump has privately sought in conversations with Republican lawmakers.
“Keeping Americans safe by protecting our homeland is a top priority,” Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KA)., who Chairs the House Appropriations Committee’s homeland security subcommittee, said in a written statement.
The GOP-written legislation is aimed at embarrassing and dividing Democrats, after a group of liberals introduced a bill last week erasing that federal agency. Liberals consider it an instrument of carrying out President Trump’s immigration policies.
The government’s new FY begins on 1 October, which creates a deadline for the White House and Congress to try reaching budget deals. And without at least a temporary truce, federal agencies would shut down that day creating a political risk for the GOP, which controls government, barely a month before elections for control of Congress.
President Trump made The Wall a Key in his successful Y 2016 election campaign, but insisted that Mexico would pay for it. Mexico has refused to do so.
All but $126-M of the $5-B would be for constructing more than 200 miles of The Wall, with the remainder for border technology. Beyond the $5-B, the bill provides added money for expenditures including new canine teams, border patrol agents, new aircraft and sensors.