All the way down the campaign trail, Donald Trump has been saying how he will build a wall between the United States and Mexico and make the Mexican government pay for it. According to The Hill, the GOP and the President-elect’s team are now working on a new plan that will, instead, use American tax dollars.
How will they do this? Apparently, the Trump team found a 2006 measure signed into law by the former President George W. Bush. This measure authorized construction of “a more than 700-mile ‘physical barrier’ on the nation’s southern border.”
Another statement from Trump’s team says “Mexico will reimburse the U.S. for the project’s costs” after the wall is complete.
Although Bush’s 2006 measure was never fully implemented, Republicans are looking into continuing it since it has no “sunset provision.” This means there is no expiration, and, therefore, no deadline. Republicans also believe “Democrats will relent when faced with a choice between funding the wall or a government shutdown.”
“[It is] big dollars but it is a question of priorities,” Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.) said. “Democrats may well find themselves in the position to shut down all of the government to stop the buildout of a wall, or of a barrier, or of a fence.”
“It was not done in the Obama administration, so by funding the authorization that’s already happened a decade ago, we could start the process of meeting Mr. Trump’s campaign pledge to secure the border.”
President-elect Donald Trump met with President Enrique Peña Nieto back in August for a joint press conference. While the wall did not come up in their conversation, Nieto has “made it clear Mexico would not pay for the wall.”
That will definitely put a monkey wrench in Trump’s plans. With such a statement, the team has turned to Congress and hopes “to fund the border wall through the appropriations process as soon as April.” This means that Trump will be breaking one of his major campaign promises on top of all of the backpedaling he has done since winning the election back in November.
For their plan to succeed, the GOP will need to add a few billion dollars into the spending bill before the April 28, 2017 deadline. If the funding does not go through, the government could shut down.
Buckle your seat belts and keep your arms and legs inside the rollercoaster, folks.