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The Democrats have caved and allowed President Trump’s border wall to receive over a billion dollars in funding in the new spending bill.
According to The Daily Mail:
Democrats gave Donald Trump $1.375 billion for his border wall in a spending deal announced Monday that will keep the government from shutting down at the end of this week.
The amount is much less than the $8.6 billion the president requested to build his nearly 2,000 mile wall along the U.S.-Mexico border: $5 billion to build new barriers and $3.6 billion to backfill the money shifted from military construction projects last year.
‘I’m pleased that we have reached a bipartisan agreement that will keep government open, provide the certainty of full-year funding, and make strong investments in key priorities for American communities,’ said Rep. Nita Lowey, the Democratic chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee.
A fight over funding Trump’s controversial wall – the biggest promise of his 2016 presidential campaign – was avoided by leaving it as status quo: the $1.375 billion is the same level of funding the president got for his wall in last year’s government spending bill, an amount that was agreed to after the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
The funding for the border agencies will also remain right around the same level that they received last year.