House Democrats voted this week to take border funding from the United States and give more border money to Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia.
The new House appropriations minibus bill, which Democrats passed this week, allocates money to each of these Western Asian and African nations while using a hidden passage to stop President Trump from using the military funds to build his border wall.
On page 304 (of 650), the bill states:
“None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act or any prior Department of Defense appropriations Acts may be used to construct a wall, fence, border barriers, or border security infrastructure along the southern land border of the United States.”
The Democrats also passed a new bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which is in charge of border security. President Trump asked them to appropriate $5 billion for the construction of the new border wall and to hire new agents.
“No funding is provided in the bill for new physical barriers along the southwest border.”
“The recommendation provides no funding for additional Border Patrol Agents.”
The new government funding bill, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would cost taxpayers $984.7 billion in fiscal 2020.
Despite the language in the bill blocking President Trump from building a wall in our country, it gives the Secretary of Defense $1.295 billion to fund anti-ISIS efforts in the middle east, including border security for other countries:
“…these funds may be used in such amounts as the Secretary of Defense may determine to enhance the border security of nations adjacent to conflict areas including Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia resulting from actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”
President Donald Trump has estimated that the border wall between the United States and Mexico would cost a total of $13 billion. Other estimations go as high as $45 billion.