Donald Trump needs congressional funding to build his wall, and it sounds like the GOP is going to stand in his way. As the Daily Caller reports:
A top Republican budget senator is doubtful that funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall will be included in the budget package this year.
Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt announced that the Senate Committee on Appropriations will probably not consider Trump’s supplemental budget request, which includes funding to build the wall along the Mexican border, until the next fiscal year.
“All of the committees, the leaderships of the House and Senate, are working together to try to finalize the rest of the [fiscal year] ’17 bill,” Blunt told reporters Tuesday, The Hill reports. “My guess is that comes together better without the supplemental,” Blunt said.
Trump’s supplemental budget request asks for $1 billion to begin construction on the border wall this year, as well as $30 billion for the Department of Defense.
Blunt won re-election in Missouri with less than 50 percent of the vote, in a state that Trump won by 18 points. It’s clear he doesn’t get why he didn’t get that extra eight percent.
The GOP establishment might not care about immigration reform, but the voters do, and if they don’t help Trump keep his promise, they’re going to find out the hard way.