Donald Trump’s new border wall — a cornerstone of his campaign — may not get built, if members of Congress near the border have anything to say about it.
A new report from the Wall Street Journal claims that no member of the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate in either California, Arizona, New Mexico, or even Texas supports President Trump’s demand to add $1.4 billion to a spending bill necessary to keep the government operating after April 28.
Because White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Trump’s signature on a spending bill is contingent upon Congress including funding for the border wall, Congress’ refusal to appropriate funding for the wall will mean that either Trump backs down and signs the bill to keep government running, or the government will shut down on Saturday, April 29.
The border delegation, which includes both Democrats and Republicans, were either noncommittal when the Journal asked if they would support funding the wall, or gave a hard no. And although President Trump made the funding of a new border wall one of his goals for the first 100 days of his presidency, Republicans are inclined to not include appropriations for the wall, as a spending bill would require 60 votes in the Senate, and Senate Democrats are united against Trump’s border wall proposal.
If, in the unlikely scenario is approved, the $1.4 billion would go toward 48 miles of new border fencing, in addition to 14 miles of replacement fencing along with technology upgrades. Mulvaney argued that Democrats have no right to oppose the wall because they lost the 2016 election.
“We want wall funding. We want [immigration] agents. Those are our priorities,” Mulvaney told the Associated Press. “We know there are a lot of people on the Hill, especially in the Democratic Party, who don’t like the wall, but they lost the election. And the president should, I think, at least have the opportunity to fund one of his highest priorities in the first funding bill under his administration.”