Trump May Have Found the Funds for His Border Wall

Mar 31, 2018 by

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“Trump May Have Found the Funds for His Border Wall”

By Donna Garner

3.31.18

 

 

In the 2,232 page Omnibus bill passed on March 23, 2018, Pres. Trump sought $25 Billion for the border wall. Congress only gave him $1.6 Billion for border security and stipulated that the funding could not be used on  “operationally effective designs.”  In other words, the language was meant to block Trump from using any of the prototypes that he went to see in Southern California recently.

 

U. S. military troops fall under the Department of Defense (DOD) budget. According to past prohibitions, federal troops cannot participate in law enforcement actions such as enforcing immigration law.  (However, the National Guard is permitted to do so.) Under the Omnibus bill, the DOD received $700 Billion for Fiscal Year 2018 and $716 Billion for Fiscal Year 2019.

 

Under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are the federal agencies such as the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard that are charged with protecting U. S. borders and immigration laws.  In the Omnibus bill, DHS received $55.6 Billion (FY 2018).  

 

Therefore, it is easy to see that since the DOD received $700 Billion for FY 2018 ($716 Billion for FY 2019) and the DHS received only $55.6 Billion (FY 2018), the place to go for Trump to find the money for the border wall is definitely the DOD.  

 

Taking funds from the DOD for the border wall can be easily justified because with drugs, opioids, human trafficking, illegals, M-13 gangs, and enemy combatants pouring into our country through our sieve-like borders, we definitely have a national defense issue.

 

 

In July 2017 when the House Armed Services Committee (https://armedservices.house.gov/about/members) was putting together its request to Congress for FY 2018 (to be included in the Omnibus bill), the majority of the members decided they did not want the DOD to be tasked with paying for the border wall —(https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr2810rh/pdf/BILLS-115hr2810rh.pdf)

 

To get their bill (HR 2810) to the House floor for consideration, the DOD needed a “rule” from the House Rules Committee which would determine whether HR 2810 could be allowed for House debate and how long the debate on it could last.

 

According to U. S. News and World Report (7.19.17 – “Building a Wall in the Dark”):

An amendment [http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20170710/CRPT-115hrpt212.pdf] was offered by Republican Reps. Steven Palazzo and Trent Kelly from Mississippi to strike Section 1039 [in HR 2810]. That meant Pentagon money could be spent to construct a border wall…

The Rules Committee took this one amendment and labeled it, “proposed to be adopted.” In the arcana of House rules, this means that voting for the rule governing consideration of the bill was also voting for this amendment. This is known as a “self-executing rule.”

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York, offered an amendment to strike the self-executing portion of the rule and was defeated in committee on a party-line vote of 4-8.

On the House floor, the vote on the full rule passed…that means Pentagon money can be used to construct a border wall.

Bam! President Trump has his money for the border wall and can take it out of the Department of Defense budget.

I do not know whether or not the following eight Republicans on the House Rules Committee deliberately meant to make it possible for the DOD to help fund the border wall; but nevertheless, they did. We have these eight House members to thank. As usual, the four Democrats were once again on the wrong side of the issue.  

 

HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE FOR THE 115TH CONGRESS

 

REPUBLICANS

 

Pete Sessions –Chair

Tom Cole

Rob Woodall

Michael C. Burgess

Doug Collins

Bradley Byrne

Ken Buck

Liz Cheney

 

DEMOCRATS

 

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

James P. McGovern

Alcee L. Hastings

Jared Polis

 

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    Ryan

    Nothing really surprises me anymore. Anyone who REALLY wants to know whats going on should definitely check this out, its a pretty scary warning from a history and religion professor. Pretty damn eye opening: https://ancientprophecy.weebly.com/

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