Congress

Weeks Before Election, Republicans Introduce Bill To Fund Trump’s Border Wall

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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.

  • Christopher Foxx

    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.

    In a better world, McCarthy wouldn’t be Speaker not because he accidentally told the truth and had to lie low for a bit, but because doing so would have gotten him voted out of office.

  • simpfan

    $23 billion? So we’re not even going to pretend anymore that Mexico is going to pay for a stupid wall?

  • katanahamon

    Four year investigations, as opposed to five day investigations. Bastards. Not a penny for “the wall.” No way.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I’d really like that to be the consistent Democratic response the next time any Republican calls for an investigation of anything. “Sure. Let’s investigate. You get 5 days.”

  • muselet

    Kevin McCarthy does not believe his bill will pass. Kevin McCarthy does not care that his bill will fail. Kevin McCarthy does not care that this bill makes him look even more ridiculous than before.

    Kevin McCarthy wants to be Speaker of the House. He wants it so badly he can taste it. So a challenge from the fringiest part of the Rightmost fringe of the lunatic fringe of the GOP means he feels obliged to try to out-crazy Jim Jordan. The tell is that the news of his legislative nonsense was broken by Dead Andy.

    Kevin McCarthy is not and never has been a serious person. If his belfry were inhabited by a few more bats—or his bonnet by more bees—he might be the very model of a modern Righty congressman (apologies to Messrs Gilbert and Sullivan), but as he is, he’s just another face in the crowd of un-serious Rs.

    –alopecia

  • waspuppet

    “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.”

    That was considered a fatal gaffe just four years ago; now, it makes him the favorite for the job.

    But please do tell me more about how Both Sides Are Equally Extreme.