The House Appropriations Committee okays 5 billion in funding for Trump’s border wall.

By | 2018-07-27T11:01:28+00:00 July 27th, 2018|Categories: News, News2|Tags: , , , , , |14 Comments

Jesus, they might actually build this thing. 

Courtesy of The Hill:

A House panel on Wednesday approved the Homeland Security appropriations bill, which includes $5 billion in funding for President Trump’s controversial border wall.

The House Appropriations Committee voted 29-22 along party lines to send the bill to the full House, wrapping up the committee’s work for the 2019 fiscal year.

The bill provided $51.4 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a $3.7 billion increase over 2018 levels. It includes $7.2 billion in funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), funds for hiring 400 new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and $1.9 billion for cybersecurity efforts.

“It is outrageous that House Republicans have prioritized unnecessary funds for President Trump’s border wall and cruel immigration policies rather than fighting terrorism through substantial new investments in first responder grants or growing the economy and creating jobs through job training, making college more affordable, or research and development initiatives,” said Rep. Nita Lowey (N.Y), the top Democrat on the committee. 

Democratic attempts to block or redesignate the $5 billion included to fund 200 miles worth of wall along the United States’s southern border fell flat in the face of Republican opposition.

I never thought it would happen, but it looks like we really might wall off America from the rest of the world. 

I wonder when the money will come through for the wall separating us from Canada? 

Cause you KNOW that next. 

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14 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 6:16 am - Reply

    There are a million steps that have to be completed before the idiotic thing is actually built. Surveying, environmental studies, negotiating with private landowners, drafting construction plans, bidding out builders and suppliers, fighting a hundreds of lawsuits in court… The process will have the government tied up in court cases and red tape for years.

    With the way things have been going for the White House Squatter in Chief in the last few weeks, he won’t be around long enough to see the first hole being dug. We will no doubt waste millions of dollars in planning for it, but I have no doubt that his Brown People Repelling Wall will be squashed long before it actually gets built.

    • Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 6:42 am - Reply

      The bill still has several obstacles to overcome before becoming law. It must pass on the House floor, and then the House must iron out differences with the Senate version, which provides some $300 million less in overall funding and distributes its appropriations differently.

      Congress has not yet conferenced any of the 12 appropriations bills for 2019 and sent them to Trump for his signature.

      • Beaglemom July 27, 2018 at 3:41 pm - Reply

        Republicans in Congress don’t believe in conferencing unless the Democrats are in control. Then they’ll participate in conferences between the two bodies. Basically, Republicans have no concept of governing. And it shows when they are in the majority and one of their ilk is in the White House.

    • Paul July 27, 2018 at 6:52 am - Reply

      @ 6:16 – I hope you are correct on all of your points, especially Donnie Dotard not being around to see the first hole being dug. However, to accomplish this we have to count on the voters electing democratic majorities in at least one of the houses. With the Russians getting involved again with the elections, and the republican congress and Dotard refusing to take action to protect the integrity of our elections, this will be a difficult task. The courts would ordinarily be an institution we could turn to for justice, but with the way Dotard is packing the courts with right-wing fanatics, this is not looking like a good option. Again, I hope you are correct.

  2. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 6:43 am - Reply

    Scientists Warn Trump’s Border Wall Would Be A Disaster For Wildlife

    A scathing new scientific report condemns President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall as a major threat to animal and plant life.

    Existing wall and fence segments along the U.S.-Mexico border already have significant consequences for wildlife, and Trump’s plans to build a continuous wall will “threaten some of the continent’s most biologically diverse regions,” says a report published in the journal BioScience on Tuesday.

    The report’s authors include famed biologists Paul Ehrlich and E.O. Wilson, The Washington Post notes.

    Lead author Robert Peters, of conservation group Defenders of Wildlife, called for scientists to sign their names in support of the article. As of Thursday afternoon, there were more than 3,000 signatures, including 2,746 people identified as scientists and 680 identified as “general supporters.”

    The comprehensive report, which can be read in full here, details numerous reasons why a continuous border wall would be an environmental disaster.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-border-wall-wildlife-scientists-signature_us_5b59dc2be4b0de86f49469fa

  3. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 6:45 am - Reply

    I am sure the environmental groups will keep this in the court system for years,

    Interesting how the republicans blocked money for election security but using our money for a needless wall and to bribe farmers is ok.

    What are the morons doing about all the tunnels already in place?

  4. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Americans are stepping up to show reunited migrant families there’s more to their country than Trump
    An informal welcoming committee is offering support — with everything from plane tickets to birthday cupcakes.

    The welcoming committee is trying to ensure that families make their initial check-in dates, something they feel the government should be helping with but isn’t. But they’re also trying to show another face of America to the victims of the family separation policy. “The American public is going to step in where the government has failed,” said Alida Garcia, the coalitions and policy director for FWD.us, on a press call Tuesday. “It’s going to provide comfort and love and care to these families.”

    Sometimes comfort looks like an airplane ticket. Sometimes it’s an impromptu “Happy Birthday” sing-along — complete with a Hostess birthday cupcake — for a 7-year-old who’s just been reunited with his mom.

    https://www.vox.com/2018/7/26/17608480/separated-parents-children-deadline-together-help

  5. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 7:46 am - Reply
  6. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Will we be hiring cheap immigrant labor to help build the damn thing?

  7. anon July 27, 2018 at 10:15 am - Reply
  8. Anon July 27, 2018 at 11:01 am - Reply

    OT-FYI>FB>
    “Trump is on TV right now thanking Kim Jong Un for returning the remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the Korean War.
    He said he wants to make sure to thank Kim Jong Un, “in front of the media,” for keeping his promise on returning U.S. remains. And he followed that up by repeating his fable about how on the campaign trail supposed parents of those soldiers came up to him and tearfully asked for their sons’ return — only this time he modified the story to delete those long dead parents and replace them with vague “relatives.” Trump described these supposed relatives as, “oftentimes they were older. In some cases they were younger.”
    And so, Trump, heroically demanded the return of these Americans from North Korea and Kim Jong Un of course capitulated — something no other president has ever been able to do. And thus, today, the remains of fifty-five US soldiers are on a plane headed for America.
    Thank you, Donald Trump!
    Thank you, Kim Jong Un!
    Except….
    Well, it’s fifty-five sets of remains that may POSSIBLY be U.S. soldiers KIA during the Korean War. Possible. DNA confirmation will take MONTHS, maybe years. And the odds are reasonable that some of those remains are not those of Americans.
    And here’s the thing: since 1990 North Korea has repatriated the remains of 340 U.S. soldiers.
    Since 1990.
    340 U.S. Soldiers.
    Since 1990.
    Trump has been president since … January of 2017.
    Trump is taking credit for something that began nearly 30 years before he took office.
    Now, don’t get me wrong here.
    I’m certainly glad to see these soldiers come home to their families. If indeed these remains ARE those of US soldiers — something which will not be known for certain for many, many months. But again, this repatriation process has been happening since 1990. Trump is taking credit for something that was originally worked out under Ronald Reagan, then captained in turn by George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, all long before Donald Trump came along.
    And while it’s true that George W. Bush temporarily suspended reparation in 2005, due to safety concerns for the recovery teams, Trump — the great big deal maker — essentially “negotiated” a deal with Kim Jong Un to get something we ALREADY HAD.
    North Korea is giving us something they were ALREADY giving us.
    And Trump meanwhile, is giving us the business. As usual.”<Jim Wright

  9. Anonymous July 27, 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    $5 billion for the wall, $12 billion for farmer tarriff welfare. Making the tax cuts permanent. Yet another increase in military spending.

    Just where are these “fiscal conservatives” getting all this money?

    • Beaglemom July 27, 2018 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      They plan on getting it by gutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and any other federal spending that helps ordinary Americans.

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