Republican failed presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has released a new bill on the floor today known as “The El Chapo Act”, where the proposal is to use the $14 billion in assets seized from the drug lord to pay for the border wall with Mexico.
“Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border. Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities. We must also be mindful of the impact on the federal budget. By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and his ilk, we can offset the wall’s cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump’s stated border security objectives,” Cruz wrote on his senate page.
Both the democrats and republicans have to agree to some sort of plan to budget the wall by the 28th, or the country will face another government shutdown.
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Republicans and Democrats have to agree on a spending bill by April 28 to prevent a government shutdown. Democrats had vowed to block any measure that includes funding for the wall, but President Trump has indicated that he would be ready to wait until the fall to secure the money.
“If the threat of the wall is removed … our negotiations can continue and we can hopefully resolve all of the outstanding issues by Friday,” Democratic Senator and Minority Leader Charles Schumer said, according to the Hill.
Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell added April 25 that talks were proceeding well, noting that he believed the talks would result in “an agreement in the next few days,” Time reported.
Trump faces opposition from some Republicans as well as Democrats to the building of the wall.“I support additional border security funding,” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said. “But a 2,200-mile wall, I don’t think there’s a whole lot of support for it.”
However, Trump remains defiant.
“The wall is going to get built,” he said April 25. Asked when, Trump responded, “Soon.”