The House of Representatives approved on Thursday a bill that will allow President Trump to spend $5.7 billion for the border wall
The bill passed 217-185 and will now go to Senate, where it needs 60 votes but its 49 Democrats are against building the wall, so it’s expected not to go through.
However, members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus stated: “Republicans in Congress have continually told the American people that we would fight for wall funding, and today the House of Representatives took its first step toward fulfilling that promise. The Senate must follow our lead. It’s time we do what we said and work with President Trump and the American people to secure our borders.”
Even though the bill still has to pass through Senate, President Trump is optimistic and glad about this partial victory, as he recently twitted thanking the Republican Members of Congress for their vote.
Meanwhile, the Democratic leaders are still pushing for the bill to fail in Senate. Pelosi stated that funding a border wall is unworthy of the House of Representatives and of the American people, while Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md. hopes the Senate will not accept the bill and instead send it back amended.
Nevertheless, if Trump cannot get his funding with the help of the Senate there is a possible workaround in consideration where he would use the military to fund and build the wall.