Trump’s Se­nate al­lies give OK to $5B wall re­quest

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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