ELDER PATRIOT – Wow! The way the mainstream media reported on the omnibus bill Americans would think that Congressmen and Senators who objected to funding a wall did so based on a sense of morality that forced them to block any monies for such purposes. You’d be wrong.
Hidden in the 1,665-page spending bill that is expected to pass this week is more than ample funding for border security and even for border walls. The only thing is that it’s not earmarked for use to protect our country.
Many billions of dollars are committed to securing the borders of Libya, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.
The bill appropriates $1.3 billion for aid to Egypt, alone. It also gives special status to the part of this aid that Egypt uses to secure its border.
Three-quarters of a billion dollars is allocated to Jordan to be similarly used.
Afghanistan? Just under $1 billion.
Funding to these three countries alone totals just under $3 billion. That’s exactly the amount of money President Trump asked for to improve border security. Congress gave him half of that amount with not a single penny allocated towards building a wall.
There’s money in this bill for border security everywhere but here, putting the lie to Trump’s Congressional opponents’ argument that their objections are based on a sense of morality.
This wording comes directly from the section that appropriates money for the “Global War on Terrorism:”
“That these funds may be used to support the Government of Jordan, in such amounts as the Secretary of Defense may determine, to enhance the ability of the armed forces of Jordan to increase or sustain security along its borders…”
Terry Jeffries, writing for CNS News asked why these same legislators couldn’t include a similarly worded paragraph to protect the American people?
“Imagine if the part of the bill that appropriates money for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said: “That these funds may be used to support the Government of the United States, in such amounts as the Secretary of Homeland Security may determine, to enhance the ability of the Border Patrol to increase or sustain security along the southwestern border of the United States by building impenetrable walls along that border.”
Would that have been an outrage? Would it have justified Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer in leading a move to shut down the government of the United States to ensure no such walls were built?”
Trump repeated many times on the campaign trail that we fund and defend the borders of foreign countries at a high cost in blood and coin and that it was time to do the same here.
Trump should veto the bill and force Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to explain to Americans why they have voted to shut the government down when they are fine with spending billions of their tax dollars to secure foreign border but they can’t find the money to give the U.S. Border Patrol all the resources it needs — including walls — to secure the borders of the United States.
It’s about time Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, with working majorities in the House and Senate, are forced to explain why they were willing to shut the government down because they couldn’t find the money for border security and the first payment on the wall that President Trump asked for.
Trump’s total funding request amounts to less than 0.5% of the omnibus bill. Ryan and McConnell should be forced to tell us why they are shutting the government down rather than find the funding that the people who voted for them have demanded.
It’s time to Drain the Swamp!