Texas Republicans Tell Pelosi & Schumer To Go Pound Salt, We Will Build Trump’s Wall and Here is How They’ll do it..
Breitbart News has learned that two members of the Texas statehouse plan to introduce legislation funding President Trump’s border wall along the Texas border with Mexico — Pelosi and Schumer be damned!
Breitbart Texas reports that Kyle Biedermann and Briscoe Cain intend to introduce legislation soon that would fund $2.5 billion of wall construction along the Texas border with Mexico, appropriating it from the economic stabilization fund for the state fiscal year ending August 31, 2019. The funds would be used, Biedermann tells Breitbart News, “to design, test, construct, and install physical barriers, roads, and technology along the international land border between the State of Texas and Mexico to prevent illegal crossings in all areas.”
Preference for the contracts and awarding of bids, Biedermann added, “for all phases of construction” would be given to Texans and Texas-owned entities.
This process has not been confirmed as a done deal in the State, but my guess is that since Texas Governor Greg Abbott is behind the idea and Republicans have control over the Texas statehouse, it is going to happen – and like dominoes – other counties and States will follow suit.
Democrats and Republicans on the hill have not been able to reach an agreeable dollar number. This may give political cover to Trump to sign whatever they come up with, knowing more and more wall will be built.
If Congress refuses President Trump’s request for a wall and does not provide funding for it, Trump can use other methods — like declaring a national emergency or turning to the states like Texas for help with an idea like Biedermann’s and Cain’s forthcoming plan — to get the wall built. Also – this gives momentum for the President to appropriate funds from other sources to continue building more miles of wall throughout the next two years leading up to the 2020 elections.
Something almost no one is talking about is the Sequester – passed by Democrats and signed by then President Obama in 2011: Trump can still get the rest of the money — without a government shutdown or declaring a national emergency.
Marc A. Thiessen writes:
Shutting down the government again isn’t an option. Democrats are not afraid of another shutdown. They know if Trump rejects this deal and closes the government, he would get the blame, and in a few weeks’ time we would end right up back where we are now — with a bad deal. They have zero incentive to give him more money for a border wall.
Trump needs to shift the debate to a place where he has real leverage: using the threat of a sequester, rather than a shutdown, to force the Democrats to give him his border barrier. In 10 months’ time, if Congress fails to act, then an automatic sequester will kick in that would reduce federal spending in 2020 to levels that Congress and President Barack Obama set in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Congress agreed to lift those spending caps for two years in 2018, increasing both defense and nondefense discretionary spending above sequester levels by $165 billion and $131 billion, respectively. But that deal runs out at the end of the year. If Congress does not lift the caps by December, then automatic $55 billion across-the-board cuts to domestic discretionary spending will take place, while defense spending will be cut by $71 billion.
That looming deadline gives Trump leverage he needs to get his wall. Democrats may not fear another shutdown, but will they really sacrifice $55 billion for domestic priorities next year just to deny Trump a measly $5.7 billion for a physical border barrier? Unlikely.
The Democrats will be getting loads of pressure from their fat-cat contributor crony friends in business, family members and donors to get at those tax-dollars because that is their mother’s milk. If this is what Trump is planning – he has outfoxed them again.
Theissan continues: “Democrats want to use their new House majority to demand significant increases to domestic spending. Denying Trump his wall in December would lead to severe cuts. And Democrats would hardly have grounds on which to complain, since Trump would simply be following the terms of a budget deal that a Democratic-controlled Senate passed and Obama signed into law…”
Democrats are too greedy not to take the money and spend!