Breitbart News, June 26, 2020The Senate is moving forward with a plan to spend $1.6 billion on building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, despite the opposition of several Republican senators who oppose it.
The Senate voted on Thursday to advance a bill to fund construction of a wall that would be $1 billion larger than the original proposal.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is pushing the measure along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R/SC) and Sens.
Mike Lee (R–UT) and Dean Heller (R – NV).
In a statement, McConnell said, “We’re working to make this funding bill as good as possible for the American people, but we have to balance the need for security with the need to provide a smooth transition to our new administration.”
Graham said, according to a report by Politico, that he “couldn’t get over the fact that the wall is a nonstarter for this administration.”
A majority of senators in the Senate also oppose the Senate’s latest proposal to extend the government’s borrowing authority, according the Hill.
Senate Democrats, including Sen. Joe Manchin (D–WV), have also said they would not support a bill that includes money to fund the wall.
President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that he wants the Senate to fund a wall on its own, but that he also wants it funded in part by taxing businesses and individuals to pay for the wall and said the bill is not yet “a done deal.”
“We want to get the wall done,” Trump said.
“We don’t want it to be funded in a debt to the American taxpayers.
We want it funded by taxing the companies, the corporations that are making the products that are going to make the wall.”
President Donald J. Trump is joined by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Sen. Patty Murray (D/WA) at the Capitol on June 26 in Washington, DC.
| Alex Brandon/AP via AP Trump says he is ‘not worried’ about Democrats blocking funding for border wall Sen. John McCain (R, AZ) on Thursday slammed President Donald Donald Trump for being “worried about Democrats filibustering” a border wall.
“What is this, ‘Trump is worried about Democrats’ filibustered the wall?
He’s worried about a bunch of Democrats, right?
And the wall,” McCain said on Fox News, referencing the White House’s argument that a border fence was needed to keep out illegal immigrants and the flow of illegal drugs.
“So, he’s worried.”
The president responded on Twitter to McCain’s criticism.
“I have not gotten a lot of grief from Sen. McCain, as he is only one member of the Senate,” Trump tweeted.
“He wants a border, I want a border.”
On Thursday, the Senate voted along party lines to advance legislation to fund border security in part with a measure to block the government from borrowing more money.
In the House, a House-passed version of the border security bill passed on Thursday by a 219-195 vote, with a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers supporting the bill.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R) said in a statement Thursday that the Senate is now “on track to get a border security spending bill through the House that includes a border funding bill, as the Senate has been working to do.”
“As the Senate continues its work to pass the bipartisan legislation that will help our economy and our citizens, we are hopeful that the House will also pass this important bill,” Rubio said.