Spending Bill Could Allow Trump to Fulfill Border Wall Promise
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 07, 2017,
Jan 07, 2017, 0:32
Trump's tweet follows news that Trump's transition team has reportedly told members of Congress that it would prefer to fund the president-elect's wall through the appropriations process rather than a separate bill.
New York Rep. Chris Collins said Friday that American taxpayers would front the cost for the wall but that he was confident Trump could negotiate getting the money back from Mexico.
A furious Trump took to Twitter early Friday morning to bash the media for "not reporting" that Mexico will reimburse Americans for building the wall, despite many reporting Trump's claim they will.
On Friday, the president-elect attempted to shut down the "dishonest media" with a single tweet, reassuring followers that Mexico will pay for wall he plans to build across the US and Mexico border.
The Trump team and House Republicans will reportedly use a 2006 law signed by President George W. Bush that authorizes the construction of a 700-mile physical barrier between the US and Mexico. The incoming administration is working with Congress to address the cost and logistics of building a wall to Mexico through the appropriations process.
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Because the law already exists, the big battle turns to money: How will the US pay for the wall?
And on the campaign trail previous year, Trump proposed another plan for funding the wall: "sharp tariffs on money that native Mexicans send back to their families", The Hill notes.
Despite the obstacles, Trump's long-promised Mexico wall looks closer to becoming a reality than ever.
As with any broken political promise, the initial fans of the wall previously known as the one Mexico would pay for aren't too concerned with the change. "So, one important step in the right direction will be funding the existing law and beginning the building out of hundreds of miles of wall, or fence, on the southern border".
"Obviously, we respect federalism, and if Congress is trying to find different ways to fund this project that is a top priority of President (-elect) Trump, then they should do that", she added.
Trump had previously told the Washington Post he planned on making Mexico pay for the wall by imposing sanctions until they agreed to cover the costs. He labeled a recent resolution in the Mexican Senate to bar the use of Mexican federal funds for construction of the wall as "silly".
Imagine the USA freezing trade with Mexico until it coughs up payment for the wall.