House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has revealed his intention to introduce a bill that would (finally) fully fund President Trump’s border wall.
According to Breitbart News, McCarthy’s bill will include $23.4 billion for funding on top of what has already been spent to construct a wall at the southern border.
This comes on top of the $1.6 billion included in an omnibus spending bill that recently passed Congress, a bill designed to keep the government running until December 7th.
The new bill has been titled the “Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act,” and is set to take care of a responsibility shirked thus far by Congress.
“The American people want us to build the wall and enforce the law,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Maintaining strong borders is one of the basic responsibilities of any nation. For too long, America has failed in this responsibility.”
Fox confirms McCarthy to introduce a bill to allocate more than $23 billion for funding of the border wall this wk. Will address sanctuary cities & also address Kate’s Law. Will not tackle DACA.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 9, 2018
The latest victory even prompted CNN to begrudgingly admit that President Trump is on a roll.
Has that winning streak prompted other Republicans like McCarthy to finally understand the way to win is to do exactly what you promised voters?
House Speaker Paul Ryan predicted there would be “a big fight” over the border wall, and McCarthy’s bill might be the first punch.
“We intend on having a full-fledged discussion about how to complete this mission of securing our border,” Ryan said, “and we will have a big fight about that.”
WaPo: Ryan predicts ‘big fight’ over Trump’s border wall, says he doesn’t know how it will be resolved https://t.co/JkMGfJjR97
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 9, 2018
McCarthy says he has worked very closely with the President on the issue of securing the border, a campaign platform central to Trump’s election in 2016.
Putting it back on the block could help Republicans in the midterms with most Americans desiring a secure border prior to immigration reform.
“We are already building part of the wall now in California,” McCarthy said. “We’ve got to continue that and finish the job.”
That job should have been finished a long time ago.
President Trump has been pressuring the Republican party to push his border security agenda for years despite opposition from Democrats and the media.
He pressured them to stick with Justice Kavanaugh despite opposition from Democrats and the media – and he won.
Will McCarthy, Ryan, and the rest of the GOP learn this valuable lesson? Trump is far more popular than Congress, so they might want to consider taking his advice. Especially if they plan to defeat this so-called ‘blue wave’ in November.
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