“We will build that wall and Mexico will pay for it!” yelled Trump again and again…and then some more.
The saner people of the world knew that this was not possible, but each time Trump iterated those magic words during his campaign, the crowd would roar with support.
Well, turns out that Mexico has no interest in paying for Trump’s wall and the (in) famous wall will be in fact made with US Taxpayers’ funds.
To deliver on Trump’s greatest promises to his supporters, congressional Republicans have been gathering to explore ways to begin funding the ‘barrier’ (probably a fence not wall) on US’ southern border beginning April.
The Washington Post reported that multiple lawmakers were summoned on Thursday to present plans which would use authority under a 2006 law to justify expenditure that could eventually reach into the billions of dollars.
Republicans believe that Trump has the authority to build the wall under the Secure Fence Act of 2006 which was launched during the Bush administration. President Obama who was Senator at the time had then approved the act, however, once he took office the Secure Act was no longer enforced and the barrier was left incomplete.
The law mandates 700miles of “reinforced fencing” along the US-Mexico border, including advanced surveillance systems.
If Trump can begin building the wall under the Secure Act of 2006, then Congress will not require new legislation and the wall can be funded through the normal appropriation process. Because the current federal spending authority expires on April 28th, the Republicans will look to push border wall funding in any upcoming spending legislation.
It would be easier for Democrats to block new legislation regarding the wall, but if they consider blocking spending legislation under the current law, they will be risking a government shutdown.
Key decisions regarding the wall have not yet been made, like where it will begin or whether it will be just a fence or an actual solid wall.
Either way, the proposal would cost billions of dollars, leaving many to question if it would be appropriate for Congress to make it a priority during tough economic times.