House committee approves $10 billion initial payment for U.S.-Mexico border wall

 – The Washington Times – Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The House Homeland Security Committee gave first approval to the broad scope of President Trump’s border wall Wednesday, clearing a bill that would authorize $10 billion in new infrastructure spending, new waivers to speed up construction, and 10,000 more border agents and officers to patrol the U.S.-Mexico line.

Border wall prototype under construction this week in San Diego. Source: Jeff Schwilk

Democrats vehemently opposed the bill, saying the wall was a boondoggle and the fact that U.S. taxpayers will fund it violates the president’s campaign pledge to make Mexico foot the bill.

But Republicans backed the bill in a 18-12 party-line vote, saying it was time to get a handle on the border.

“We’ve been talking about border security for so many years, and now we finally have a chance to get this done. We finally have a partner in the White House who has prioritized this issue,” said committee Chairman Michal McCaul, the Texas Republican who wrote the legislation.

His bill goes well beyond wall-building.

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One Response to House committee approves $10 billion initial payment for U.S.-Mexico border wall

  1. William Hicks October 7, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Wasn’t the funding provided during the George W. administration, or before?

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