Politics House panel approves $10B for border wall

00:45  05 october  2017
00:45  05 october  2017 Source:   The Hill

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Republicans jockey for position on immigration© Provided by The Hill Republicans jockey for position on immigration The House Homeland Security Committee approved Wednesday a border security bill that includes $10 billion for a border wall.

The Border Security for America Act, proposed by committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), was passed along party lines, 18-12.

The bill now heads to the House floor amid debate over whether border security provisions should be attached to potential legislation to protect recipients of the rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Under McCaul's bill, Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection, the agencies in charge of border and port-of-entry security, would each receive 5,000 extra agents.

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House Approves .6 Billion for Border - Wall Construction. By Adam K. Raymond. On the Senate floor earlier this month, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer singled out the border wall as one of the things Democrats would reject in a spending bill.

The Trump administration scored another victory Wednesday as the House Appropriations Committee approved .6 billion to be allocated toward construction of a southern border wall .

The legislation would also authorize the federal government to reimburse states up to $35 million for use of National Guard assets to reinforce border security and includes $5 billion for ports of entry.

Democrats criticized the bill as a political stunt to appease President Trump, who proposed the border wall as a central point of his campaign.

"There was a time in the not too far distant past when this committee cared for facts, data and results," said Ranking Member Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).

McCaul praised Trump's focus on border security and urged the committee to seize the opportunity to legislate on the issue.

"We finally have a partner in the White House who has prioritized this issue and it's time for Congress to do its job," he said.

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While the wall funding was the most contentious piece of the appropriations bill, it was just a small sliver of the spending package the House approved . Trump Expected to Insist That Congress Include Money for Border Wall in Spending Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown.

While the bill is expected to pass the House, it's unlikely to clear the Senate, where it needs a 60-vote majority.

But Democrats are wary that the bill's provisions could be the first shot at a Republican proposal for border security measures on a bill to protect so-called Dreamers - undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children - in the wake of Trump's rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

"There's no doubt that this is a setup for that conversation," said Rep. Nannette Barrag n (D-Calif.), a committee member.

To show their disdain for the idea of building a border wall, the legislation's central tenet, Democratic committee members proposed tongue-in-cheek amendments.

Thompson proposed changing the bill's name to "Taking Americans' Land to Build Trump's Wall Act of 2017," and Rep. Filem n Vela (D-Texas) proposed a definition of "border wall" that would include the terms "big and beautiful," "real," "inclusive of a door," and "paid for by the Mexican Government."

Vela also made a proposal to withhold wall construction funds until Mexico agreed to reimburse them, alluding to Trump's campaign pledge to get Mexico to pay for a border wall.

"I appreciate the gentleman's creativity in this amendment and sense of humor, but I will oppose this amendment," said McCaul.

But debate centered on the impact of the border wall on border communities and the environment on the border.

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) made two proposals to protect the environment; Democrats said they were good in spirit, but opposed them because they require no oversight of the Secretary of Homeland Security.

None of the Democratic proposals were accepted.

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