With just four weeks remaining before the midterm elections, this appears to be the GOP's closing argument.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is introducing a bill to fully fund Trump's border wall at a cost of over $20 billion, but that's not all.
House Republicans also want to defund sanctuary cities.
McCarthy is sponsoring the "Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act," which would dedicate over $23 billion to building the border wall. The bill would also include measures to cut off funds for sanctuary cities and to facilitate deportation and detention of immigrant gang members. Breitbart, a right-wing news site, first reported that McCarthy would introduce the bill. [...]
McCarthy is also running to be the next speaker of the House after current Speaker Paul Ryan steps down this year. However, he is facing an unexpectedly serious challenge from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a hard-right member of the Freedom Caucus.
Aside from voting to pass more tax cuts that will never become law, the GOP doesn't have any other big plans for the next several weeks. Passing a bill to fund Trump's wall and strip security funding from major cities could be the last thing they do before America votes.
But this could be McCarthy's closing argument as much as it is the GOP's.
McCarthy wants to the next leader of Republicans in Congress and for that to happen he needs Trump's support. What better way to gain Trump's support than to introduce a bill literally titled the 'Build the Wall Act?'
Like their additional tax cuts, this will not become law even if they do pass it and McCarthy knows that. The only reason they would do this now is they believe it will help them win in November or if McCarthy believes he will gain favor with Trump.
McCarthy would be the Speaker of the House today, not Paul Ryan, had he not accidentally told the truth about Benghazi; had he not admitted out loud that their 4-year-long investigation was merely a way to undermine Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.