Senate Democrats target Trump's border wall order

Senate Democrats target Trump's border wall order

Trump made building a wall a cornerstone of his campaign, promising to make Mexico pay for it, and lately has said Mexico will do so one way or another.

Senate Democrats have already threatened a government shutdown over the border wall that Mexico is not paying for (adios, Meals on Wheels).

The budget request, which bolsters DHS funding by 6.8 percent while making deep cuts to other agencies and departments, also calls for deepened cooperation between the government and the private sector on cybersecurity. "The president promised a wall - he's going to deliver it".

The request was crafted by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who told reporters on Wednesday that the budget was based off of Trump's words on the campaign trail.

Gohmert said building a wall along the entire border would be unnecessary, but echoed President Donald Trump's notion that putting up a wall would crack down on the drug trade.

President Trump's first federal budget blueprint proposes $1.5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect federal networks and critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. "Absolutely. Where and how and what numbers, that's something we'll be figuring out as time goes on".

The emerging split is likely to add tension to upcoming budget negotiations created to keep the government open past the end of April.

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Estimates of the total cost of the wall range from $12 billion to more than $21 billion.

"The $1.4 supplemental request for Homeland Security to construct a wall on the southern border is a nonstarter - it would be a multiyear, multibillion-dollar boondoggle", said Rep. Nita Lowey, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other top Democrats warned GOP leaders this week that they are willing to risk a shutdown fight to block the wall.

Staying the rhetorical course and continuing, as Kelly promises, "vigilant" enforcement of immigration laws at the border could ultimately save the country billions by discouraging immigration and, perhaps, decreasing the perceived need for a wall.

"If Republicans insist on inserting poison pill riders ... they will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy", New York Sen. "And yet we've seen massive cuts apparently to pay for a wall that the Mexican government simply is not gonna pay for".

Although he has "no problem with the president asking for that money", Labrador said, the administration also should "look at the budget in defense" to find additional funds that can be used to secure the border.

But in the Senate, it's increasingly clear that is not a widely shared sentiment.

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