(National Sentinel)Â No-brainer: POTUS Donald Trump won in November 2016 in large part on his repeated pledge to secure the U.S.-Mexico border with a “big beautiful wall” that Mexico would pay for.
With a newly-renegotiated trade deal between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada that will benefit America much more than the old NAFTA did, the president has secured the funding for a wall (with increased revenue). Congress just needs to approve it.
But lawmakers thus far have balked on providing funding for the proposed wall except in drips and drops. And outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., one of the primary obstacles to getting the wall, says there’s going to be another “big fight” over funding after the midterms.
â€œWhat the president wants to do is get a bigger down payment so it can be built faster,â€ Ryan said, according to Breitbart News. â€We intend on having a full-fledged discussion about how to complete this mission of securing our border, and we will have a big fight about it.â€
POTUSÂ Trump requested $5 billion for his wall and the House Appropriations CommitteeÂ passedÂ the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Bill in January providing that amount.
However, theÂ Associated Press hasÂ reportedÂ that thus far funding has fallen short of POTUS’ request:
Ryan said he and others in Congress did not think a funding fight made sense ahead of the midterms. Trump wants three times the $1.6 billion Congress has tentatively agreed to provide this year for the border wall with Mexico. The president threatened to force a shutdown over the issue, but instead signed legislation funding some parts of the government through Dec. 7.
Asked if he made a commitment to Trump for a shutdown over wall funds, Ryan said the blame would fall to Democrats, who are in the minority in Congress and largely oppose increased funding for the wall.
â€œWe have a commitment to go fight for securing the border and getting these policy objectives achieved,â€ Ryan said.
The president has signed spending bills that fund about 70 percent of the government through the fiscal year 2019. However, some spending bills have yet to pass, including one funding the Department of Homeland Security, which would oversee construction of the wall.
Ryan went onto warn against handing the majority over to Democrats because they’re too far Left and would never approve wall funding. But so far, neither has Ryan’s GOP majority.
Americans want the wall and they want the government to secure our border, end sanctuary cities, and restore the rule of law, which includes enforcement of all immigration statutes. POTUS Trump’s election victory proves that.
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