It would finance the operations of nine federal agencies through the end of September, provide $1.4 billion to build a 55-mile barrier along the Mexican border, and allocate another $22.5 billion for additional security measures aimed at curbing illegal immigration.
Portman said he was “pleased” that Trump planned to sign the bill, adding he “supported this bill because it takes important steps in the right direction on border security and because it avoids another government shutdown.”
“I’ve said repeatedly that the president has a responsible plan to strengthen our border security,” Portman said. “This is the most funding that has ever been provided by Congress in a single year on barrier construction. We need to do more, but this is a positive step forward.”
Trump has vowed to declare a national emergency on the border, which would allow him to spend money from other accounts, including the defense budget.
Portman said, “I agree with the president that we have a crisis on our southern border and that we need additional barriers and fencing. As I have said before, I would prefer we work together to find a legislative solution instead of declaring a national emergency that will likely be tied up in the courts.”
But Brown said, “Any effort to take funding away from our military to support the president’s vanity project is reckless and irresponsible.”
Ryan denounced Trump for considering a national emergency, saying “we aren’t going to solve this through an executive overreach.”