President Trump and his administration are set to “fight every spending bill” that doesn’t include funding for Trump’s Mexican border wall. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) promised to “fight every spending bill that doesn’t fund that wall” in a new advertisement. “And if I have to filibuster on the Senate floor, I’ll even read the King James Bible until the wall is funded,” Brooks stated in the advertisement.
Brooks is so adamant to ensure that President Trump keeps his promise, that he is ready to take his own party down, if need be. “We’re going to build that wall, or you’ll know the name of every Republican who surrenders to the Democrats to break my filibuster. I give you my word, and I don’t give my word lightly,” he continued.
It has been noted that the Republican-controlled Congress could face a possible shutdown, if they yet again fail to allocate funding for the wall promised by President Trump during his presidential campaign. It was only back in May that the government has passed a bill to keep things up and running, however, this bill failed to contain any funding for the wall and was quite certainly not well received by the public that was expecting the promised $1.5 billion in funds for border security.
Freedom Caucus spokeswoman Alyssa Farah noted, “The vast majority of the group would like to see border wall funding,” she said.
The divide in the opinion concerning President Trump’s demand for the US-Mexico border wall continues, as Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), express that, “Well, we just see in my district where people will go over the wall when it’s built. They’ll come under it. They tunnel. And they’ll go through it,” he said in an April interview with NPR. Pearce is running for governor of the state.
Furthermore, the Democratic Party continues to strongly oppose Trump’s idea of the wall and were seen celebrating their victory over the White House back in May.
Caroline Behringer, a spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) stated, “Democrats remain strongly opposed to President Trump’s taxpayer-funded border wall, which would be unwise, immoral, and very costly.” Whereas, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has reportedly sent a letter expressing his concerns about the amount of money that is be spent on the “expensive” and “ineffective” wall. The letter stated, “With the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 request for a very expensive, ineffective new wall along the southern border with Mexico.”
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Cancus has expressed that President Trump is more than willing to veto a spending bill that doesn’t include funding for the wall. “My conversations with the president have led me to believe that there is nothing less than a full and total commitment on his part to only sign into law a funding bill that actually allows for us to start construction of a border wall on our southern border,” Meadows stated. “Nothing more critical that has to be funded than funding the border wall,” he added.