House GOP's $1.6 Billion Border Wall Plan Sets Up Fight

House GOP's $1.6 Billion Border Wall Plan Sets Up Fight

House GOP's $1.6 Billion Border Wall Plan Sets Up Fight

It should be noted, however, that the FY 2018 funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security negates that Mexico pay for the construction of a wall, as Trump also promised. But by January, he had changed his tune, admitting that USA taxpayers would have to foot the bill, at least initially.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) suggested that Trump may not even approve the budget if there is no allocation of funds to his wall, something which the White House has refused to comment on. Funding for the wall is nearly certainly going to be a nonstarter for Democrats, and could potentially set up the first government-shutdown battle of the Trump era.

House Republicans have unveiled plans to slash $10 billion off foreign aid programs as part of a flurry of summertime activity on the annual spending bills to fund the government.

The Republican bill also calls for adding more than two dozen jurisdictions to the 287 (g) program, which allows local police and sheriff's deputies to be trained to enforce immigration laws.

In March, Trump asked Congress for $4.1 billion to build the wall.

The lawsuit said some U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have referred to the tough immigration policies of President Donald Trump when turning asylum seekers back.

Including border funding could help House Speaker Paul Ryan head off an uprising among conservative Republicans. "A wall of bipartisan opposition is the only thing House Republicans are trying to build here".

Several Democrats previously said such a proposal would be a "poison pill" and indicated they would vote against it.

"Democrats will again draw a hard line against wasting taxpayer money to fulfill the president's campaign applause line", said Matthew Dennis, a spokesman for Democrats on the Appropriations Committee.

The fight over funding the wall is a major obstacle to funding government agency operations for the budget year beginning October 1 and some conservatives are threatening to shut the government down if the wall is not included.

A huge railroad and transit project to build new bridge and tunnel capacity for travel between NY and New Jersey would receive a whopping $900 million next year if a senior New Jersey Republican has his way.

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