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Funds For America’s Border Wall Denied In House Spending Bills

Two separate House spending bills deny President Donald Trump any funds for the southern border wall’s construction, according to drafts released Monday by the Appropriations Committee.

The bills total more than $300 billion in spending and allocate funds for military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as to the Department of Homeland Security.

Out of the $10.1 billion allocated specifically for military construction, the House blocked all funds for building barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, The Hill reported.

“This bill honors our commitment to the men and women in our armed services, to our veterans, and to military families, who sacrifice every day for our nation,” said Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, according to The Hill.

“Critically, the bill will prevent President Trump from stealing any more appropriated funds from urgently needed military infrastructure projects to pay for his wasteful border wall,” the New York Democrat continued.

The other proposal, a $50.72 billion spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security, similarly blocks funding for the border wall and rescinds $1.374 billion of barrier funding granted in the 2020 fiscal year, according to The Hill.

These bills come in response to Trump’s previous declaration of a national emergency in 2019, when the president reallocated billions of dollars from other departments for border wall construction projects.

Trump previously used $3.6 billion in military construction funding and additional funds from the Pentagon’s counterdrug resources for erecting new barriers after fighting with Congress for weeks amid a government shutdown, The Hill reported.

The bills are expected to face resistance in the Senate and from the White House based on last year’s spending bills which also blocked border wall funding, according to The Hill.

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