Representative Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) will introduce the “No Taxpayer Funding for the Wall Act” on Mar. 9 to block the use of federal money to fund President Trump’s border wall.
Moore told CBS she believes Trump’s campaign promise of building a wall on the Mexican border should not be a burden on American taxpayers. “I am not in favor of the wall, but if there is a wall, then I do not want the United States of America to pay for the wall.”
Moore’s bill reportedly has over three-dozen Democratic co-sponsors and she hopes Republicans who are concerned with funding the wall will support it, as well.
“I’m trying to mobilize some interest in my bill from deficit hawks.”
In February, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) — who sits on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs — sent a letter to Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly, asking for a briefing on costs by Mar. 13, including a formal estimate.
“I request that DHS provide a briefing for the committee regarding DHS’ acquisition process and funding for this requirement.”
A report by the Washington Post claims the Trump administration is considering cutting funds to the Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund the border wall and other immigration enforcement programs. These plans are in the early stages, according to a White House spokesman.
H/T: The Hill
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