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October 05, 2017

Republicans Join Democrats in Voting Against Trump’s Border Wall Requirements

(WASHINGTON) – The House Committee on Homeland Security yesterday took two votes that unanimously rejected key features of President Trump’s Border Wall plan.  This occurred while the Committee was considering H.R. 3548 – also known as the Taking Americans' Land to Build Trump's Wall Act.  While Democrats squarely oppose President Trump’s Wall, Committee Republicans joined Democrats in rejecting the notion that Mexico should pay for Trump’s Wall and rejecting President Trump’s own requirements for his wall.

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the votes:

“It was surprising to see every Committee Republican join us in a bipartisan rejection of President Trump’s laundry list of requirements for his wall including the ridiculous notion that Mexico should pay for it.  While we differ on how to secure the border, I am glad that Republicans and Democrats agree that the President’s demands for his border wall are nonsense, conflicting, and absurd.  While I am confident this legislation never becomes law, I hope going forward we can finally have a serious conversation about the border and move on together in a productive manner.” 

Vote #1 – 0 votes in favor of an amendment to make Mexico pay for the President’s Wall

Vote #2 – 0 votes in favor of an amendment ensuring the President’s Wall has the 19 requirements that he has demanded. 

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