On Friday, House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced the “Build The Wall, Enforce The Law Act” to fund President Trump’s long-promised wall along the southern border of the United States.
In a statement, McCarthy said in part:
President Trump’s election was a wakeup call to Washington. The American People want us to build the Wall and enforce the law.
Today, I introduced legislation that commits the House to these goals. This bill combats sanctuary cities, transnational gangs like MS-13, human trafficking, and deadly drugs like fentanyl. It supports federal law enforcement like ICE. And it fully funds the Wall by appropriating the full amount requested by President Trump for its construction, bringing the total amount of funding to $25 billion.
The text of the legislation (H.R.7059) pertaining to the wall reads in part:
In addition to amounts otherwise made available by this Act or any other provision of the law, there is hereby appropriated to the “U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Procurement, Construction, and Improvements” account, out of any amounts in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, $23,400,000,000, to be available as described in subsections (b) and (c), of which –
(1) $16,625,000,000 shall be for a border wall system along the southern border of the United States, including physical barriers and associated detection technology, roads, and lighting; and
(2) $6,775,000,000 shall be for infrastructure, assets, operations, and technology to enhance border security along the southern border of the United States…
Aside from a lump sum of approximately $6 billion made available in 2018, the legislation states that funding would be meted out in portions of between $550 million to $2.1 billion each year on October 1 through 2024.