Here Comes The Wall…Funding

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Homeland Security Appropriations bill.  The appropriations bill is what fund the Department of Homeland Security annually.

In that bill, the House will appropriate $1.6 billion to start construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border which was one of President Donald Trump’s main campaign topics.

There is also funding for cybersecurity, immigration enforcement, and border security.  Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA-14) had this to say about the bill in a statement issued by his office:

“President Trump promised to build a wall and secure the border,” said Rep. Graves. “This bill gives the president the funds necessary to start construction. It also increases funding for border security and immigration enforcement, and makes key investments in cybersecurity. The bill is an America First funding bill that will help keep Georgians and all Americans safe.”

And his office sent a list of some of the bill’s highlights:

  • Provides Customs and Border Protection $13.8 billion, an increase of $1.6 billion, to strengthen border security; 
  • Includes $1.6 billion for the construction of physical barriers at the border; 
  • Supports President Trump’s plan to address sanctuary cities and reinstates the Secure Communities Program to empower law enforcement to help the federal government identify and remove criminal illegal aliens; 
  • Provides funding to counter cross-border tunnel threats, deploy new ground sensors and construct additional watch towers; 
  • Includes $7 billion, $619.7 million more than last year, for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which supports law enforcement and removal activities as well as enhanced visa security to prevent terrorists and criminals from entering the country; 
  • Provides funding to hire 500 new Border Patrol Agents and 1,000 new ICE agents; 
  • Funds a Coast Guard HC-130J Air Search and Rescue aircraft, which is manufactured in Marietta, Georgia; 
  • Includes funding for the Federal Law Enforcement and Training Center (FLETC) in Georgia; 
  • Provides important funding for cybersecurity, including $1.37 billion to secure government networks and prevent cyberattacks.

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Gregs
Gregs

And where’s the legislation to make Mexico pay for it?

Ellynn
Ellynn

That’s a Foreign Affairs line item, not Appropriations…

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

A wall is estimated to cost $25B, and could cost as much as $75B. At $1.6B /yr, it’ll take 15 to 46 years.
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Wall, or increasing tax cuts for the rich. You make the call.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Or take 7.5 billion every year from the one trillion in “social spending” and get the wall done in ten!

Benevolus
Benevolus

Won’t making it a solar powered wall hurt the oil industry?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I thought it was going to be see-through so that people wouldn’t get hit in the head with bags of drugs? Won’t that hurt the American steel industry?

Benevolus
Benevolus

So if they throw bags of manure to land on the solar panels do the lights go out or something?

Chatsprint
Chatsprint

Couldn’t even get a consensus among his fellow GOP house members before his “brilliant” plan fell apart.

“The aim was to “show the American people what we believe … and put our best Republican plan forward,” said Graves, R-Ranger.”

The best, greatest, huuuge, fabulous, nothing better, yada, yada, yada.
You’ve showed us once again congressman.
I expect his name will come up for the job whenever a sitting cabinet member says they’ve had enough. Perfect fit for this White House given his track record in real estate investing then blaming the bank for lending him money they knew he couldn’t pay back