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After the House GOP Passed $5.7 Billion in 'Border Security' Funding for Trump's Wall, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Just Called Out a Major Double Standard in Washington

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Democratic Nominee for the 14th Congressional District of New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks onstage during WE Day UN at Barclays Center on September 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage/Getty Images)

The U.S. House of Representatives passed last-minute funding for President Donald Trump's border wall Thursday night after a contentious fight between Trump and Congressional leaders that threatens to shut down the government.

Every House Democrat along with eight House Republicans voted against the measure.


The $5.7 billion "border security" bill is expected to fail in the Senate. It is widely expected that the federal government will shut down Friday at midnight.

Freshman Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) slammed the passage of the bill, frustratingly asking on Twitter why no one is questioning where the money for a wall is coming from and noting several smarter possible uses for those funds.

"And just like that, GOP discovers $5.7 billion for a wall," Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "$5.7 billion. What if we instead added $5.7B in teacher pay? Or replacing water pipes? Or college tuition/prescription refill subsidies? Or green jobs? But notice how no one’s asking the GOP how they’re paying for it."

Ocasio-Cortez has a point. There is no evidence indicating that a border wall would translate into savings for American taxpayers. Trump often boasts that illegal immigration costs more than $100 billion - and even up to $275 billion - per year. These numbers - for which there is no corroborating evidence - are a figment of Trump's imagination.

And yet, without any data supporting the president's foggy figures, Republicans somehow managed to pony up the dough for a project the public does not even want, while our schools and roads crumble and millions are still in need of health care.

Where are our priorities as a country?

Trump campaigned for president with the promise of building a wall along the southern border and having Mexico pay for it.

At the time, few on the Republican side asked how it would be feasible.

But Mexico is never going to pay, and with an incoming Democratic majority in the House, this is likely Trump's last chance to fulfill his biggest campaign pledge and hold on to his dwindling political base.

Last week, Trump said he would be "proud to shut down the government" over "border security," though he has since walked that pledge back.

On Twitter Friday morning, the president wagged his finger at Democrats, whom Trump strangely chided for "trying to belittle the concept of a wall."

Trump claimed he "knows tech better than anyone" (he has never even used a computer) and said without evidence that a border wall would save "hundreds of billions."

A few minutes later, Trump pinned the looming shutdown on the Democrats, despite Republicans still having control over the entire federal government.

People see right through Trump's charade.

What a way to end the year.