Trump’s Senate allies give OK to $5B wall request
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s Senate GOP allies are pushing to give him his full $5 billion request to build about 200 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, but the plan ran into immediate opposition from Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
The wall money is contained in a $71 billion draft funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security that cleared its first, easiest hurdle in a Senate panel Tuesday.
A heated debate awaits Thursday, when Democrats promise votes to cut back the border wall funding.
“If Republicans stand with President Trump, they will be saying they fully support allowing the president to take money from our military to fund the border wall,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.