FROM EIR DAILY ALERT
Democrats Were Ready To Give $25 Billion for Border Security in 2018, But Zero Now
Jan. 7, 2019 (EIRNS)—Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee, conceded that the $5 billion that President Donald Trump has requested for a border wall is a pittance relative to the federal budget, the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra reported Jan. 5.
Representative Yarmuth told Hill TV’s host Buck Sexton that at
“one point, Democrats were willing to give $25 billion for border security just a year ago, in exchange for a deal on DACA” (Deferred Action on Child Arrivals), reported Saavedra.
“Yarmuth struggled to explain why Democrats now oppose securing the U.S. border—a position they have traditionally supported.
“Sexton asked Yarmuth, ‘So why do we keep hearing members of the Democratic Congress come forward saying that it wouldn’t work and it’s stupid, when not only do we have the people who are actually in charge of border security saying it would work and it’s not stupid, we can see that it already does work in places where there is a wall?’
“ ‘That’s exactly right,’ Yarmuth responded.
“In 2013, all 54 Senate Democrats voted to pass a bill that gave $46 billion for border security, which included building an additional 700 miles of border fencing.”
President Trump reaffirmed yesterday that he will not “cave in” to the shutdown fight with the Democrats, with media widely quoting him as saying, “I may declare a national emergency, dependent on what’s going to happen over the next few days.”