The important House Appropriations Committee has finally moved a budget to the House floor that includes funding for 200 miles of border wall along our southern border.
President Donald J. Trump was elected behind his campaign promises to get tough on illegal immigration and build a wall along America’s southern border.
While a majority of Americans and President Trump have been eagerly awaiting construction of the border wall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have been slow to act.
The July 19 bill “provides the resources to begin building a wall along our southern border, enhance our existing border security infrastructure, hire more border patrol agents, and fund detention operations,” said a statement from Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder, who chairs the Homeland Security panel of the House Appropriations Committee.
The bill is expected to pass the House but be blocked in the Senate, where the 49 Democrats can block any legislation until the GOP’s leadership meets some of their demands. So far, Senate Democrats have bitterly opposed President Donald Trump immigration programs and reforms, especially his plan to build a border wall.The Senate bill, announced June 19, provides $1.6 billion to build only 65 miles of fencing in the Rio Grande Valley.
Democrats are also being pushed by their left to block funding for domestic enforcement of the immigration laws, even though the “Abolish ICE” goal is very unpopular.
The House bill includes $5.5 billion in an account for building the wall – but also for buying various boats and aircraft, so it is not clear how much can be spent on the wall
Unfortunately, while the House my be ready to listen to the American people and fund President Trump’s border wall, the Senate is expected to continue it’s obstruction of Trump’s conservative reform agenda.
The Senate’s lack of action on important policy measures like funding the border wall could be a major factor in this fall’s mid-term elections.