The House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday approved a border security bill that includes a whopping $10 billion for the construction of the border wall.
The Border Security for America Act passed committee along party-lines 18-12 vote.
Included in the bill is $5 billion to improve ports of entry, 5,000 additional agents to patrol the border and $10 billion for the border wall.
The legislation would also allow the government to reimburse states up to $35 million for use of their National Guard assets to help with border security. The Hill reports:
The legislation will head 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debate over whether border security provisions should be attached to potential legislation to protect recipients of the rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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 Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).
Thompson called the Republican proposal an attempt to “fulfill a misguided campaign promise.”
To show just how upset the Democrats are over the border one of the committee members has proposed to rename the bill “Taking Americans’ Land to Build Trump’s Wall Act of 2017.”
Source: The Hill