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House Republicans Add Funding For Trump's Border Wall In Homeland Security Budget

A woman speaks with her husband through the US-Mexico border fence in Playas de Tijuana northwestern Mexico A woman speaks with her husband through the US-Mexico border fence in Playas de Tijuana northwestern Mexico
Sherri Watson | 12 July, 2017, 16:30

House Republicans unveiled a spending bill Tuesday that includes funding for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, setting up a clash with Democrats that risks a government shutdown later this year.

The House appropriations committee released its homeland security bill on Tuesday and it includes the full $1.6 billion requested by the Office of Management and Budget to begin construction on a southern border wall.

Commission of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress for budgetary allocations has published a bill, which envisages $1.6 billion for construction of a wall on the border with Mexico, The Hill reports.

Several Democrats previously said such a proposal would be a "poison pill" and indicated they would vote against it.

Democrats objected to the funding, and significant opposition also surfaced among Republicans.

"On the DHS side, it's very clear that we've gotten a direction to secure the border, that a wall and barrier is part of that process along with people and technology, and that funding from Congress is required for us to move forward on that", Lapan said.

"Keeping Americans safe by protecting our homeland is a top priority", House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter told the paper.

House Republicans Add Funding For Trump's Border Wall In Homeland Security Budget

It also allocates funds to increase capacity in ice detention centers, update border security technology and hire more than 2,000 immigration officials.

The bill would use taxpayer money to pay for the wall.

Building the wall, which studies have estimated will cost anywhere from $10 billion to almost $70 billion to complete, was one of Trump's signature promises as a presidential candidate.

On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to have Mexico pay for the border wall.

Including border funding could help House Speaker Paul Ryan head off an uprising among conservative Republicans.

The move by the House Appropriations Committee again puts the Trump administration and its allies on Capitol Hill on a collision course with Democrats who oppose the wall and succeeded in blocking a request by Trump to deliver the money when passing an omnibus spending measure earlier this spring.