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Capitol Hill GOP Caves On Border Wall Deal

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Word is leaking out about the “agreement in principle” that Capitol Hill Republicans have struck with Democrats to avoid another partial government shutdown and the deal appears to be another craven cave-in by the Capitol Hill GOP.

According to an analysis circulated by our friend Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review, “Trump began with a demand of $25 billion in border funding to solve a policy problem with money. Then it became $5.6 billion. In the “deal” cooked up by a congressional committee, it’s reportedly $1.375 billion, which is actually slightly less than the $1.6 billion Senate Democrats already agreed to last June! Now… we are left with enough money to build 55 miles of bollard fencing…”

After all this sturm und drang the Capitol Hill Republican “leadership” is prepared to agree to just 55 miles of bollard fencing?

This cave-in should really surprise no one because, as we have regularly pointed out in past columns, the Capitol Hill Republicans on the Conference Committee were, as usual, AWOL on the Wall.

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

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby issued no pre-hearing statement we could find and remained mum about fighting for the Wall throughout the negotiations.

At least Senator Shelly Moore Capito did mention the Wall in a 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 Republican straight from the GOP’s big business cheap labor caucus. Some will recall Hoeven 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 included 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 panned the deal yesterday during a cabinet meeting and said, “I’m adding things to it.”

It is clear to us where the problem lies in getting the Wall funded and built – with Capitol Hill Republicans where it has always been.

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 55 miles of wall after all this trouble is not a deal it’s a cave-in. 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 needed security enhancements on our southern border.

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GOP Cave on Border wall

Something I heard on FOX last night that has not been mentioned elsewhere. I didn't catch the whole event, but it was somewhere in the bill there is a clause that IF MAYORS ALONG THE BORDER DON'T WANT A WALL CLOSE TO THEIR CITIES, THOSE MAYORS CAN VETO THE WALL BEING BUILT THRU THEIR TOWNS. There will be a lot of traffic at that part of the border. Why would a mayor want all those people in his town? Maybe he is after the money they will spend while passing thru his town, but who is cleaning up the mess they always leave when they pass thru an area? It wouldn't be hard to imagine some without scruples in the DNC offering a huge settlement to any mayor who rejects the wall. Anything to keep Trump from building his wall, effectively. I hope someone reads the bill carefully before voting for or signing it into law. I know Trump mentioned something about landmines in the bill.

Pitiful

It is pitiful that so many Republicans are ashamed of being Republican and shy to admit to conservative principles and goals. The US is far from socialist right now, in spite of the claims of Leftist Democrats and the blather of big media. And security for American citizens will always be an issue. Why are the evil crimes of the illegal aliens not given more front-and-center play by decent Republicans?

WALL

To all you so called leaders, its time you showed some nerve, guts ,balls, utspa,

start backing YOUR PRESIDENT. He has been fighting an up hill battle since day 1.
He is the only cone showing conviction ,and purpose. If he was not there , we would be in a whole mess of trouble.

Lets get this wall built NOW. I AM ASHAMED OF YOU GUYS. I wouldn't follow any one of you jokers in combat, cant trust you .
JM.

The Wall

Sad that we have the Rino's in leading the Republicans in Congress. They are worse than the Democrats. Mcconnell and the former Speaker Ryan did not do what they said they would do. They were really never Trumpers and could less about the American People.

To me and a lot of other

To me and a lot of other people feel the GOP folds all the time with no concern for the people or the Pres..It is about time for the Tea Party and The Conservatives to start standing up for the people or get out and get new blood in.

McConnell

McConnell has no room to speak! Because if he and Paul Ryan would have taken the matter of the wall up when republicans were in charge our president wouldn't be scraping for the security of our southern boarder! The fault falls in their lap not our presidents! McConnell and Ryan never really backed our president and should be held responsible for were we are at this moment on the wall! P.S. It's not the presidents wall it's the peoples wall so listen to us!!!

McConnel

They have an open vote on who leads the House and Senate. How do we make that be a Secret vote that the leader can't know for sure who voted against him? Members & Senators are now afraid to vote against the leader now because he can take away their committee appointments and chairmanships. More penalizing than that is not giving them any of that slush fund money they all helped to raise for the reelection of party members. The leader controls the purse strings.