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Trump Asks Congress For $999 Million To Start Building The Border Wall

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President Donald Trump asked Congress for $999 million to start building the wall along the border with Mexico this year, and wants $2.6 billion for the project in next year’s budget.

The White House asked Congress to add nearly a billion dollars to the Customs and Border Protection’s 2017 budget for “planning, design, and construction of the first installment of the border wall,” according to a supplemental budget request released Thursday. The supplemental request also asks for $179 million for road improvements, gates and bridges along the border and $200 million to deploy border security technology.

Trump’s first budget outline for 2018, also posted on the White House’s website Thursday, asks for $2.6 billion for border security improvement, including construction of the wall.

Trump’s proposed budget, called “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” is a wish list for the president’s policy objectives. Congress has the final say over all discretionary budget amounts, and Democrats have already indicated they will oppose funding the border wall.

The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Customs and Border Protection, has already started planning for the wall construction. The department has asked potential vendors to start considering bidding on the project. More than 650 companies have indicated that they are interested in helping design or build the border wall.

Building the wall along some portion of the 2,000-mile border will cost far more than the $3.6 billion proposed for the next two years.

Trump has said the total cost could be around $12 billion, and House Speaker Paul Ryan floated the number $15 billion. A Department of Homeland Security report obtained by Reuters earlier this month put the cost at $21 billion for the entire project.

“The next question is going to be, ‘How many miles of wall does that build, right?’” Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters Wednesday evening. “We don’t know the answer to that question because we haven’t settled on construction types, we haven’t settled on where we’re going to start.”

Mulvaney said his team wrote the budget blueprint “using the president’s own words. We went through his speeches, we went through articles that have been written about his policies … and we turned those policies into numbers.”

(DAILY CALLER)

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  • huntress

    BUILD THE WALL, BUILD THE WALL, BUILD THE WALL, BUILD THE WALL!!!!

  • Elizabeth Carter

    Who does Trump think he is? The President?

    But…. the wall will put the drug cartels and human traffickers out of business or at least in a world of hurt. Surely we must put them before Americans. Besides, who will make donations to the politicians so they can be elected? Who will support the Sanctuary Cities and provide the votes?

    Just because you are a taxpaying American citizen does not mean that you have a Constitutional right that permits you to put AMERICA FIRST and to MAGA….. Oh wait, actually you do have that right.

    I need to go back to the ACLU website and see how to get around that issue.

    Perhaps Soros will fund me and Obama will train me and Valerie Jarrett will teach me about Muslim women’s rights under Sharia law so that I don’t have to just melt when the facts come up…It is getting hot in here…I am melting…Oh, wait that was the Wicked Witch of the East WWE when Dorothy threw water on her…. I don’t think it was the http://WWW…Who is that man behind the curtain??? I feel so confused. I need a safe space. Toto, are we in Kansas now?

    SSS Silly Soros Snowflake.

    Sarcasm off.

  • Gail

    Remember a year or two go when $6 billion disappeared from the state department under obama? It has never been accounted for that I know. That would build a lot of wall.

  • Ellis

    How much $$ would we have lying around if we simply stopped making foreign handouts? We could use that money to build a YUGE wall.

  • bailintheboat

    I would like to ask some considerations if building the wall. Payback time. Suggest making it beautiful, not an ugly heavy hand of the fed. on the shoulders. One or two national parks along there, some hiking trails, okay might as well spell it out. A vision. Plenty of access points, visitor centers, hang in there, kiosks….make it worthy and a joint project with Mexico. So on and so forth.
    Let’s do this right.

  • Behind every blade of grass!

    OH Ok, how about if we just build the illegal’s a brand spanking new Disney Land stratling both countries, so they don’t feel left out. Ok??

  • Behind every blade of grass!

    … and what about the money from the Pentagon and money that came up missing under the Clinton’s?? GHEEEZZZZZZZ … if money like disappeared on my watch, I can tell you I’d be ‘whistling Dixie in my jail cell’!!

  • Behind every blade of grass!

    lol

  • Behind every blade of grass!

    President Trump, STOP being nice! It’s NOT working and will never work with these types of people! Tell them what you need them to do, ride their azz, if it doesn’t get done ~ they’re FIRED! In the meantime … allow Sessions to go on a serious firing spree ..

  • Gail

    Excellent point, especially if we JUST stopped foreign aid to countries who openly hate us and work against us at every opportunity.

  • Wayne Ville … a Deplorable

    If Congress does not fund the wall then take the money out of existing social programs.