Senate Introduces Wall Act, Congress Passes Temporary Spending Bill

Mish

A government shutdown is avoided for now. The Wall is still in doubt. Nancy Pelosi calls the wall immoral.

Wall Act

Today, GOP senators introduced the Wall Act.

Who's Paying for the Wall?

"The WALL Act would fully fund the border wall by closing existing loopholes that provide illegal immigrants with federal benefits and tax credits, without affecting the benefits and tax credits used by Americans," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in a statement on Thursday.

"If you want to receive food stamps and other benefits, then you should prove your citizenship. If you cross the border illegally or overstay your visit to this country, then you should pay a stiff penalty," Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) added.

Wall Will Pay For Itself

Damn. I thought Mexico was supposed to pay for the wall. Well having a wall pay for itself, is the best of all world. Unless...

Nancy Pelosi Says Wall is Immoral

Republicans had a chance to pass the Wall. Now perhaps they don't. Democrats will be back in control of the House.

Congress Passes Temporary Spending Bill

Meanwhile, as the debate over the wall continues, Congress Passes Temporary Spending Bill.

Congress passed a two-week spending patch on Thursday, all but ensuring the government will avoid a partial shutdown this weekend. Shortly after the House vote, the Senate passed the measure on a voice vote extending the government’s funding through Dec. 21. President Trump has said he would sign the short-term extension.

Seven spending bills are currently set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, as lawmakers face an impasse over whether to increase funding for border security. Mr. Trump has demanded $5 billion to build a wall along the border with Mexico, but Democrats have balked.

Both Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) have said they would be willing to pass the six less-controversial spending bills and extend current funding for the Homeland Security Department, which oversees the border wall, for one year.

Senate Majority Whip JohnCornyn (R., Texas) said a one-year extension of Homeland Security funding wouldn’t be acceptable to the White House. “I don’t think that’s acceptable and I can’t imagine the president will accept that,” Mr. Cornyn told reporters on Thursday. “I know Sen. Schumer is having a little difficulty with his conference.”

The last sweeping spending bill, which passed in March, included funding for new fencing and levee walls, as well as technology, but prohibited the administration from building a solid concrete border wall.

Not Acceptable?

Really? Trump won't sign it? Or will he sign it and complain? What's the current definition of acceptable?

I have a question for Pelosi as well:

How is it that a concrete wall is immoral but new razor wire fencing and levees are not.

It seems to me we have new definitions of "not acceptable" as well as what constitutes "immoral".

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Mike Mish Shedlock
Mike Mish Shedlock

Editor

"This looks like a good thing. It's shocking that the loopholes existed in the first place." There are all kinds of idiocies like this. Some including illegal "earned income" refunds that go straight to Mexico.

2banana
2banana

It is "immoral" because it may delay a few illegal immigrant democrat votes in the 2020 election or slow the growth of the free sh*t army - which vote 100% for democrats.

gregggg
gregggg

By now, everybody should be realizing that "The Wall" is just rhetoric. They have done this before, they will keep doing it, and if they ever fund it, the funding will be diverted or taken away by a subsequent bill. It is a great cover story to keep the Israeli plundering of our Treasury out of the news though.

Brother
Brother

Stopping them from entering is better than letting them come in so the wall is good. So say they do get in legally or illegality the older ones jump on SSI and drain the system of our resources. The free stuff needs to stop.

JLS
JLS

"I thought Mexico was supposed to pay for the wall."

Being pedantic (sorry!), there are more ways to 'pay' for something than sending a check. You can, for instance, cease receiving foreign aid -- or stop offloading your undesirables on to your neighbors.

Tinfoilhat
Tinfoilhat

What's worse than a politician claiming protecting our border is immoral? The people that vote for them.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

The last time we had a Republican president and Democrat house, you got the financial crisis. This time will be worse I predict.

pi314
pi314

Trump can always stop illegal immigration by carrying out extensive raids. Without jobs, even California will want to get rid of illegals because they will seriously drain the state's welfare budget.

Schaap60
Schaap60

You can argue a wall is expensive and/or ineffective. However, as long as we have borders how can putting a wall on them be immoral? A wall is not a morality issue.

Unless 2Banana is correct I guess.

KidHorn
KidHorn

The funding amount for the wall is roughly equal to 3 days of interest on US gov't debt. No one is opposed to the interest cost when we borrow money, but when the money is actually spent on something constructive, politicians are up in arms.

1410
1410

Pelosi , I've got a question : how you call partial abortion if the wall is immoral ?

RonJ
RonJ

If Pelosi says the wall will be ineffective, the opposite is true.


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