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Trump Tweets On The Wall, Is Congress Listening?

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After President Trump agreed to sign a bill to end the partial government shutdown congressional negotiators were given a Feb. 15 deadline craft a border security package, including funding for the wall and the Department of Homeland Security and its border operations.

Congressional leaders of both parties agreed to a conference committee to negotiate the border security deal.

Wednesday’s committee meeting might be the only public session the committee conducts since behind-the-scenes negotiations are where the real bargaining takes place.

The Wednesday session was mainly to allow the seven Senate negotiators and 10 House negotiators an opportunity to make opening statements. The committee is headed by House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat, and Republican Richard Shelby, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Here are the members of the Conference Committee:

Senate Republicans:

Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, the Senate Appropriations chairman

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, the chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee

Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee

Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee

 

Senate Democrats:

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, who is the second ranking Democrat in the chamber and a member of the Appropriations Committee

Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee

 

House Democrats:

Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard of California, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee

Rep. David Price of North Carolina, a member of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee

Rep. Barbara Lee of California, Appropriations Committee member

Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, Appropriations Committee member

Rep. Pete Aguilar of California, Appropriations Committee member

 

House Republicans:

Rep. Kay Granger of Texas, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security

Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia, Appropriations Committee member

Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi, Appropriations Committee member

While Democrats were quick to stakeout their Party’s position that the border wall is “immoral” with Chairwoman Lowey issuing a statement saying, “we can secure our border and uphold our values,” the Capitol Hill Republicans were, as usual, AWOL on the Wall.

The best Rep. Kay Granger could muster was that she has worked well with Rep. Lowey in the past while the others issued bland statements talking about bipartisan solutions to border security.

Chairman Shelby issued no pre-hearing statement we could find by press time, but at least Senator Shelly Moore Capito did mention the Wall in her statement, saying upon her appointment to the Conference Committee, “I also crafted a bipartisan bill, which passed in June, that provided resources to meet our border security challenges, including a wall system.”

Senator John Hoeven is an establishment Republicans straight from the GOP’s big business cheap labor caucus. Some will recall, was one of the authors of the Corker-Hoeven amendment to the hated Gang of Eight amnesty bill led by Senators Marco Rubio and the late John McCain. Among the many defects of the Corker-Hoeven amendment was to change current law to maximize the number of illegal aliens eligible for green cards and eventual citizenship.

Current law states that those applying for green cards are ineligible if they are either "illegally present" at any point or overstay the terms of their work visa. Such an immigrant, in current law, would have to return to their home country and restart the immigration process. The Corker-Hoeven amendment would have wiped away that enforcement mechanism.

Hoeven did mention a wall in his statement released upon his appointment to the Conference Committee, so he may have come around on that part of border security.

Senator Roy Blunt’s pre-hearing statement was more focused on criticizing the shutdown as “bad politics and even worse government” than it was on securing funding for the Wall.

The Democrat side of the Conference Committee includes many vocal Trump critics and die-hard opponents of the Wall, there are no Republicans on the Committee with a similar commitment for the Wall.

To be fair – all the Republicans on the Conference Committee have, at one time or another, voted for funding the Wall, but as of press time we couldn’t find one Republican on the Conference Committee who came out fighting for the Wall, and that’s what it is going to take to break the gridlock and get the Wall funded and built.

President Trump may be on to the Republicans’ lack of fire in the belly for the Wall when he tweeted on Wednesday, “If the committee of Republicans and Democrats now meeting on Border Security is not discussing or contemplating a Wall or Physical Barrier, they are Wasting their time!”

We urge CHQ readers and friends to have faith in President Trump’s commitment to building the wall. Call the Senators and Representatives on the Conference Committee TODAY. The toll-free Capitol Switchboard is (1-866-220-0044) tell them you support President Trump’s call for a wall on our southern border and if Congress remains in political gridlock you agree the President should use his Article II constitutional authority to declare a national emergency and have the Pentagon build the wall and other need security enhancements on our southern border.

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Declare the issue a "national security emergency" and move ahead with getting it started ASAP. Tell the democrat communist party of America members of Congress to "go to Hell". The president has the authority and the duty to protect American citizens from foreign invaders. Enough is enough! Sheriff Clarke is at the border right now. He is posting pictures and giving reports of exactly what he is seeing. The Mexican government is openly assisting the invaders from Honduras and Guatemala that are passing through Mexico with whatever they need.

what?

Its about time the WALL MUST be build.