GOP Leaders Dropping Border Wall Funds

Federal funding for one of President Donald Trump’s premier policy proposals may be excluded from the House GOP’s budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.

House Democrats, along with a few House Republicans, are working around-the-clock to make sure funding for the estimated $12 billion border wall is not factored into the GOP budget, according to a report by The Hill.

“With Democrats united against new wall funding, it’s unlikely the Republicans have the votes to get it through and prevent a government shutdown,” The Hill report stated.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, in a statement to The Hill, seemed to concede that border wall funding would not be included in the GOP budget, saying the funds would come at a later date.

Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) are the two Republican lawmakers teaming with Democrats to stop the funding of the border wall, despite both representing districts that share a border with Mexico.

“We recognize the need for robust border security and infrastructure to ensure public safety and increase cross border commerce,” Hurd and McSally wrote to the Trump administration in a letter, according to The Hill. “We also have an obligation to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”


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  1. All they have to do to get those funds is to eliminate medical, housing, and food subsidies to illegal migrants. It would be a great incentive for them to deprioritize having kids, buying a house and car, and partying every weekend. Believe me, I saw and heard about this every single day while teaching English to migrants. One woman admitted to coming here to have a baby because she said it costs $3000 in Mexico but is free here (gave her a lecture about funding!). That was while I was living on peanuts while completing a PhD so my sympathy disappeared. Such an action might convince them to put all their resources into going to school and hiring a lawyer so they can become legal, legitimately qualifying for government subsidies if they really need them. This is galling at best. Build the wall!!

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