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Senate Dems: Don’t include Trump border wall funding in spending bills

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The Hill
March 13, 2017

The Senate’s top Democrats are issuing an early warning ahead of next month’s government funding deadline, arguing that Republicans should avoid inserting “poison pills,” including funding for President Trump’s southern border wall, in the spending bills.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin (Ill.), Patty Murray (Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)—who heads the Appropriations Committee—on Monday outlining their priorities on government spending.
“We are also concerned with reports that there may be an effort to include funding for a very expensive new wall along the southern border with Mexico and a ‘deportation force,'” the senators wrote.
The Washington Post reported earlier this month that the Trump administration is weighing cuts to multiple agencies, including the Coast Guard and Transportation Security Administration, to help cover the cost of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The president is expected to submit his budget to Congress on Thursday.

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