Some Republicans are pushing back against President Trump’s recent request for $1.5 billion to begin building a wall along the Mexico border this year.
Congress is considering delaying the action due to the importance of a spending bill that must pass by Apr. 28. Republican senator Roy Blunt told reporters the bill is necessary to avoid shutting down federal agencies whose funding expires on that date.
Blunt added that the request would be considered “at a later time” along with other military program funding.
Part of the reason Republicans fear the spending bill will not pass could be due to threats made by Democrats who say they will block the bill if the border wall is included. It is being reported that Democrats have also threatened to block the bill if Planned Parenthood is removed from the funding plan.
The border wall, designed to keep illegal immigrants and drugs from entering the United States, was one of President Trump’s primary campaign promises. Despite the fact that Mexico has said it will not pay for the wall, Trump is sticking with his original statement that, in the end, it will.
Republican lawmakers representing various border towns are also hesitant about the wall, fearing a major increase in construction costs.
Trump has said the wall will cost $12 billion, but a report from Reuters said it could cost as much as $21.6 billion.
H/T: New York Post
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