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.”
And just like that, GOP discovers $5.7 billion for a wall.
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. https://t.co/jXdm1w9bpy
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 21, 2018
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?
Perhaps Mexico can pay the teachers now that they aren't paying for the wall? No, not remotely serious.
— J (@JeromeDavies1) December 21, 2018
Veteran, children's education, health care for seniors oh I forgot that's not IMPORTANT.
— Paulette E. Jackson (@pejwink1) December 21, 2018
— N.C. Progressive Movement (@TurnNCBlue) December 21, 2018
How about 5.7 billion for infastructure that’s crumbling?
— Jim Davis (@Tazio69) December 21, 2018
Trump campaigned for president with the promise of building a wall along the southern border and having Mexico pay for it.
Did the House suddenly get renamed? Are they calling it “Mexico” now?
— Kevin Salisbury (@KevinSa60668631) December 21, 2018
Wait! Why does OUR House of Representatives have to come up with any money for this? Trump said Mexico is paying.
— Ken Durbrow (@durbrow) December 21, 2018
Obviously the @GOP has no idea where MEXICO is, because they just made the wrong side of the border pay for their wall.
— Michael Lewis (@myfanpleasure) December 21, 2018
At the time, few on the Republican side asked how it would be feasible.