Senate Republicans to decide fate of Trump’s border request

Next week Americans will find out the fate of President Donald Trump’s long-anticipated borer wall as the Senate Appropriations Committee will vote on Trump’s request for $4.5 billion in emergency funding for the border wall between the United States and Mexico, according to The Hill.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, said that Republicans were told by their Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, that the committee is likely to mark up Trump’s request.

“I think the game plan is that we’re going to take the $4.5 billion that was in the disaster package that was unfortunately taken out and mark it up next week as a stand-alone proposition,” Graham said during the start of Judiciary Committee meeting about the border.

Graham also said that McConnell and the committee chairman, Richard Shelby, met with other Republicans on the committee Monday to talk over their plan saying, “it’s my understanding that we’ll be marking this up in the Appropriations Committee next week.”

That statement was confirmed by Shelby, who said that he would be addressing the current administration’s request for border funding, saying that he wanted it to be “clean” humanitarian aid, according to The Hill.

“Everybody seems to be for that, and we hope to do it in a clean way and move it,” Shelby said. “Around here you never know, but if we want to move it, we need to keep it clean. …If you put a lot of riders on it, it will never pass.”

In recent weeks, McConnell has stressed the need for Trump to receive the funding needed for the border wall, including on the Senate floor on Tuesday morning and during an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, according to The Hill.

“There is only one way to fix this. Bipartisan legislation with supplemental border funding is what we need to do. So for everyone’s sake, I think the entire country is hoping that Democrats remember their job is governing, not resisting,” McConnell said during a floor speech on Tuesday.