The Senate has advanced a bill that includes funding for President Trump’s wall amid the objections of Democrats.
According to The Hill:
At a contentious Senate committee hearing Thursday, Republicans pushed through a Homeland Security spending measure that included $5 billion for President Trump‘s proposed border wall over the opposition of Democrats, who vowed to block the bill’s passage on the floor.
“This is a waste of taxpayer dollars and bad for our country,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (Vt.), the committee’s top Democrat.
“It is not about solving real problems, it is about fulfilling a campaign promise. And let’s not forget the president promised that Mexico would pay for the wall,” he added.
With the exception of Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), every Democrat on the committee voted against the bill, which passed out of committee 17-14.
This is another sign that the budget and appropriations process has been hampered by the fight over wall funding.