Despite a hard fight to gain approval for funding the U.S. – Mexico border wall, President Trump is losing the battle to Democrats.
According to The Hill, it is unlikely Republicans will get the votes needed to prevent a government shutdown if funding for the wall is included in the upcoming spending bill.
Speaker Paul Ryan said omitting funding for the wall in the bill is the most practical way to keep the government from shutting down and that money for the project will come later.
Democrats aren’t the only skeptics when it comes to the wall. GOP leaders in Texas and Arizona near areas where the wall is proposed to begin construction are also questioning the costs.
“We recognize the need for robust border security and infrastructure to ensure public safety and increase cross-border commerce,” Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) wrote to top administration officials. “We also have an obligation to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”
Aside from costs, other Republicans like Sen. John McCain fear the wall will affect the relationship the United States has with Mexico.
“There is a lot of anti-American sentiment in Mexico. If the election were tomorrow in Mexico, you’d probably have a left-wing, anti-American president in Mexico. That can’t be good for America,” McCain said.
“It would not be good for America or for Mexico,” Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly added.
The White House requested $1.4 billion in 2017 funds for the wall.
“The big chunk of money for the wall, really, is … next fiscal year’s appropriations, because they literally can’t start construction even this quickly,” Paul Ryan recently told “CBS This Morning.”
According to a Pew research poll released in February, only 35 percent of the public supports funding the wall.
H/T: The Hill
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