House GOP works to de­liver on bor­der wall for Trump

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — House Repub­li­can al­lies of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump are in­tent on giv­ing him a long-sought vic­tory in Congress by fi­nally mak­ing a down pay­ment on his long-promised wall along the U.S. bor­der with Mex­ico. They just don’t want to risk an up-or-down vote on the idea that might risk an em­bar­rass­ing loss on the House floor. The $1.6 bil­lion cost will be cov­ered by tax­pay­ers, not Mex­ico, as Trump promised over and over dur­ing the cam­paign. Ac­tion this week comes about three months af­ter Democrats blocked an ear­lier at­tempt to de­liver a down pay­ment on Trump’s project.

But the Au­gust con­gres­sional re­cess is loom­ing, and GOP lead­ers are mak­ing a House win on the bor­der wall a top pri­or­ity.

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