House Republicans released a plan to provide $10 billion for President Donald Trump’s border wall on Wednesday. It is not very likely that the legislation will clear the Senate, but it will almost certainly add fuel to a government shutdown fight in December.
Mike McCaul (R-Texas), Homeland Security Committee Chairman, said that his committee will vote on the legislation next week. The same bill would add 10,000 more border patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection officers, use the National Guard to patrol the southern border and focus on people who have overstayed visas.
“Now that we have a partner in the White House who has made this a top priority, it’s time to send a bill to President Trump’s desk so we can deliver the American people the security they have long demanded and deserve,” McCaul said in a statement.
There’s almost no way this will pass the Senate because it would need at least eight Democrats to get to the 60 vote mark. But it foreshadows the Republican negotiating position that will take place in the upcoming debates regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump announced earlier this month he would end if there isn’t action from Congress.
The GOP bill merely authorizes money for the southern border wall, but it does not appropriate the money. This is a signal that the Republicans are ready to fight for the wall as the debate looms in the future, the 2nd week of December. President Trump and some conservative leaders believe that if there is a “rumble” about a government shutdown, they can win a public relations battle. But other Republicans believe that they would face an intense backlash from the public if the government shuts down.
Is this just a lot of hot air, or are the Republicans ready to pay $10 billion for the southern border?