The House just approved $5 billion dollars for President Trump’s border wall.
That amount, which is up significantly from the $1.6 billion the Senate wanted to give him, could go a long way in erecting the wall along the 200 miles of the Southern border.
From Daily Wire
On Wednesday, voting along party lines, the House Appropriations Committee voted 29-22 to approve the Homeland Security appropriations bill, which includes $5 billion in funding for the border wall President Trump wants to build along the southern border of the United States.
The $5 billion figure was a step up from the $1.6 billion in funding in the Senate’s version of the bill; that amount was only sufficient to reinforce existing barriers. But the $5 billion figure could fund 200 miles of a border wall. Democrats tried to block or redesignate the $5 billion.
As The Washington Times reported, the bill includes $51.4 billion in base discretionary spending for DHS and an additional $6.7 billion for disaster relief, The Hill added that the bill includes $7.2 billion funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), funds for hiring 400 new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and $1.9 billion for cyber security efforts.
Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) stated, “Globalization, cybersecurity, and terrorism are changing our way of life and we need to change with it. This bill fully supports our men and women on the frontline who work tirelessly to keep us safe. The bill also provides the necessary funding for critical technology and physical barriers to secure our borders.”
The bill must be passed on the House floor and then resolve differences with the Senate version.
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BORDER WALL FIGHT LIKELY PUSHED TO AFTER MIDTERMS
Securing funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall once again seems to be getting punted further down the road by congressional leadership.
During a radio interview with WHAS on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border will likely not make it into the next funding legislation, which must be passed by the end of September in order to avoid another government shutdown.
When directly asked if the funding of the border wall would have to wait until after midterm elections, the Republican senator replied “probably,” noting that it is “something [Democrats and Republicans] do have a disagreement on.”
“But most of the government will be covered and then at the end of the year, if we can’t reach an agreement on that, we’ll do what’s called a ‘continuing resolution’ for that little portion of the government spending that’s left unpassed in individual bills,” McConnell added.
McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan met with Trump on Wednesday to discuss the funding legislation. The following day, Ryan also indicated the wall funding looked unlikely to be included in the current legislation.
“The president’s willing to be patient to make sure that we get what we need so we can get that done,” Ryan said. But he further stated that funding the border wall was “not a question of if, it’s a question of when.”
The House Appropriations Committee bill included $5 billion in border wall funding, while the Senate Appropriations Committee bill included only $1.6 billion, reported The Hill. With only a 51-49 majority in the Senate, Democratic support is needed to pass the bill. Democrats have called $5 billion a “non-starter.”