When Donald Trump was out on the campaign trail, one of his most popular catchphrases was "We're going to build a wall, and we're going to make Mexico pay for it." It drove liberals nuts, and energized his base. Here's Wolf Blitzer asking Trump about the wall during a debate:
Well, perhaps it remains to be seen whether the Mexican government is going to pay for the wall. However, the Republican-led House made great strides in making the border wall at least a few steps closer to reality when they voted to make a $1.6 billion down payment on the project. The AP reports:
The vote was 230-196. Republican leaders avoided voting directly on the divisive issue Thursday. Instead, they tucked the wall provision into a broader procedural vote.
Trump promised at nearly every rally and campaign event that Mexico would pay for the wall. Mexico said no, and U.S. taxpayers will have to provide the money.
Democrats said they might have defeated the wall if they’d been given a chance. It’s unpopular with more moderate Republicans and those representing districts with large immigrant communities.
Money for the wall is part of a broader $788 billion spending bill funding defense and veterans programs.
In an era of government dysfunction when it seems like very little can actually get done, this is great news. Leftists want Trump to forget about his campaign promises, but this promise was the cornerstone of his campaign... and it looks like he has every intention of keeping it.
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