Déjà Vu: Republican Leadership Punts on Wall Funding, Again



After punting on wall funding until after the midterm elections, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) reiterated the importance of border security in a statement to Breitbart News. In his statement he said, “President Trump’s election was a wakeup call to Washington. The American people want us to build the wall and enforce the law. Maintaining strong borders is one of the basic responsibilities of any nation. For too long, America has failed in this responsibility.”

American voters reiterated their support of these statements following the midterm elections. According to exit polling conducted by FAIR, 80 percent of Republican voters and 53 percent of swing voters support President Trump’s campaign promise to build a border wall along America’s southern border. However, as the funding deadline gets closer, actual wall funding only appears further away.

To recap, Congress failed to reach an agreement on several spending bills by the September 30 deadline, including: Interior and Environment, Financial Services, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Commerce, Justice and Science, State and Foreign Operations, and Homeland Security. To avoid a government shutdown, these bills were attached to a “minibus” of two other spending bills in the form of a continuing resolution through December 7, which Congress passed and the president signed shortly after. Although multiple federal agencies still need annual funding, it is the Department of Homeland Security (and by extension President Trump’s border wall) that remains the main point of contention between Republicans and Democrats.

On Monday, following the death of former President George H.W. Bush, President Trump signaled his intent to sign a short-term continuing resolution — pushing the funding fight until after the former president’s funeral services. Unfortunately, instead of simply pushing the deadline a few respectful days, reports indicate that House leadership will be placing a two week stopgap spending plan on the floor with the new funding deadline becoming December 21. This stopgap measure is expected to be passed by unanimous consent according to a Republican leadership aide.

Throughout the year, President Trump has repeatedly requested at least $5 billion in wall funding before the end of this session. But Senate Democrats have vocalized an unwillingness to give the president any more than $1.6 billion, raising fears of a possible partial government shutdown if no agreement is reached. However, the reality is that this new deadline will likely pressure lawmakers to accept whatever language leadership offers simply to get home in time for Christmas. Additionally, the vote will likely take place at a time when the American people are distracted by the holidays and thus less likely to notice.

Ultimately, if Republicans in Congress do give into holiday pressure and agree to a deal that does not include wall funding, President Trump will be able to veto the measure. However, he has threatened to veto spending packages before, only to sign the measures once they arrived on his desk.

Please stay tuned to FAIR as we continue to engage policymakers on Capitol Hill regarding wall funding and other immigration-related spending bill priorities.

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Heather Ham-Warren joined FAIR’s Government Relations department in 2018. In her role, Heather advocates for FAIR’s interests before Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies. She also reviews and analyzes federal legislation and regulations, as well as conducts research on a wide variety of legal and immigration-related topics. Heather brings with her several years of political and legislative experience having worked for legislatures at the both the state and federal levels. She began her career in D.C. working on Capitol Hill—most recently serving as Legislative Director for a Florida Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from the Florida State University College of Law.

16 Comments

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    Follow the money!!!! Trump has been saying that Mexico should pay for the wall…..and since millions of dollars of Mexican Cartel money and drugs are being confiscated at the border and that money supposedly being used for more security on the U.S. border …..why can’t those confiscated millions of dollars of Mexican Cartel money pay for the wall?? El Chapo and other apprehended Cartel leaders most likely have a few billion dollars stashed away somewhere that could be used to build a wall!!! Problem solved….and the Dems would have to find something else to criticize and blame on Trump (which would be no problem for them)!!!!

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    If Trump doesn’t shut down the Government this month to get the money to build the WALL, I know he will never get the money to build the WALL. All he needs id $ 5 billion Dollars. Then that means I will never vote for him again, because he is never going to get money to build the WALL to protect us from the HUGE INVASION THAT IS STILL COMING ! The next INVASION FORCE will be 20, thousand strong or MUCH BIGGER STILL !
    I WON’T VOTE FOR HIM IN 2020 EITHER ! He is protecting himself from impeachment because he is scared about something? What is he afraid of? Something or someone has him scared ! What or who is it ?

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      We should start a fund using the fund me program to donate money to build the wall. This problem is no joke. Pure chaos could happen if countries all over the world started shipping undesirables to the US. Maby Pulosi would take a dozen of the people to her home until they were settled. Maby some other polititions could do the same. Over time we could go broke if we have to spend about seventy thousand dollars plus for each person who comes here. We should tell the officials who receive money in the Central American countries how to help these people. How to spend it or stop giving them money. I was once told by the center for disease control that there are diseases more horrible than anyone can imagine. Anyone who dosen’t want the best for our fellow Americans should be sent south.

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    It’s amazing to me that for decades the Democratic main campaign promis to secure our Southern Boarder any means possible to prevent the illegals from entering without going through our legal process. After there campaigns they never approached the problem as aggressively as they pertrayed themselves to. All they have ever done was band-aid issues with the boarder.
    Now that Trump made that same campaign Boarder promise and is actually following through with his promise the Democratic Party is showing there true colors that they really never intended to Secure our Boarders.
    🇺🇸BUILD THAT WALL TO SECURE OUR BOARDER FOR THE SAFETY OF WE THE PEOPLE 🇺🇸

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    Donald Gitschier on

    Instead of our president getting into STUPID Twitter rants with washed up hollyweird LOSERS, maybe he should tell these useless republiturds to start doing what they promised or start outing them. Shut down the damn government until he gets full funding for the wall or they override his veto. The people in DC need to be held accountable and because they aren’t voting on the record, we can’t hold them accountable. Get the new AG approved and then go after these career politicians.

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    If the Republican Party can’t negotiate measly $5 Billion on OUR Security, and HUGE support by most everyone, you’ll perish as a Party! Build the Damn Wall already! When Caravans see No Resolve, Tens of Thousands more will come, also many criminals, drugs, diseases & welfare!

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    Had the federal government been doing its job during the past several decades, there wouldn’t be a need for a “wake-up call for Washington.” The American people must decide whether to save their country or knuckle under to the advocates of lawlessness who demand the surrender of our sovereignty.

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    The Trump Base Wants the WALL

    Saying that, its a great way for Trump to win in 2020 too.

    I see a DOJ dossier getting de-classified and “top” heads will roll if it comes to a government shut down….with the Bush funeral delaying these actions [Dec 10?]. Trump has already hinted at declassifying it. There’s nothing the establishment can do to stop declassification by the President. Its likely a real barn burner too.

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    Trump may possibly be saying to himself I’ve had enough and won’t run again. If so he needs to just go ahead and shut down the government. The only reason we have Trump, who won against the wishes of the establishment in both parties, is that he was too big and too well known to not pay attention to. There are candidates who espouse what he does but the press just ignores them to concentrate on the same old globalist retreads.

    Elizabeth Warren was on tv today saying she is completely opposed to a wall, and then included the usual declaration that “we need a strong border”. In other words, the Democratic double talk. Because they are never asked exactly what do you support that would lead to a strong border. The wall or fence that the Border Patrol says assists them in their job? No, they don’t support that.

    Deport those here illegally? No, they want to suspend all deportations even for violent criminals and turn them loose on the streets and give full citizenship to everyone else here without permission. It’s always just “one more amnesty” will solve the problem, when it only encourages more of the same.

    Make those seeking asylum wait at the border and not admit them to the country without a preliminary interview in Mexico? No, they want all of them admitted, given a court date several years in the future, and cut them loose knowing 90% will never show up for court and nothing will happen to them if they don’t.

    Everything, virtually everything, they support means open borders. And the press lets them give their talking points but never follows up on specifics. The media is also saying that the riots in France are due to “fuel prices”. No, they aren’t. They are about the “carbon tax” to supposedly reduce global warming that Macron has put on top of the regular prices of gas. Now he has postponed the start date because of the unrest. But it doesn’t fit the liberal media agenda to point out that it’s not just Trump followers in America who don’t want to pay a carbon tax.

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    You can lay the blame for no border wall at the feet of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. They are both stonewalling and won’t allow votes on the wall funding. RINOs, both of them. Ryan will be gone soon, but McConnell will still want to be Senate Majority Leader. They should boot his butt out of that position of power and soon.

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