EXCLUSIVE: House conservatives are gearing up for a showdown on border security funding with Democrats, saying appropriations for border wall construction is their “hill to die on.”
The House Republican Study Committee (RSC) unveiled their strategy to Fox News to call out Democrats for blocking any border wall construction or money for additional border agents in their homeland security funding plan. Meanwhile, the largest House conservative caucus Wednesday will offer an alternative bill to buck the Biden adminstration and give money directly to states that want to continue former President Donald Trump’s fight to build the wall with Mexico.
“I believe that protecting our border security through the appropriations process is a Hill to Die On, and I will act accordingly when it comes time to fund our government,” Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., the chairman of the RSC, said in a memo to colleagues this week obtained by Fox News.
The Republican Study Committee organized a trip to the border last month with Trump where they raised alarms about the influx of migrants and drugs coming into the United States and called on President Biden to restore Trump-era immigration policies. The 23 House Republicans on the trip visited a portion of the border wall in Texas that was on its way to completion until the Biden adminstration stopped its construction.
“Steel, paid for by taxpayers, is sitting rusting on the ground,” Banks wrote of the border wall situation. “Federal contractors have already received taxpayer dollars and are literally being paid by the Biden administration not to build the wall.”
Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott is trying to take matters into his own hands by asking other governors to send law enforcement and military resources to the border to assist with the migrant crisis, while raising private donations and securing state funds to build more border wall.
To help border states directly, on Wednesday, the RSC is introducing legislation to set up a mandatory funding stream to four states – Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico. The legislation introduced by Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, will set up $22 billion in block grants for the 2022 fiscal year for those states if they certify the money will go for border wall construction with Mexico.
Babin said such border states are “overwhelmed by the massive influx of il… (Read more)