An Ohio Congressman has reintroduced a bill that would allow a border wall to be funded by private contributions.
The “Buy a Brick, Build a Wall Act,” introduced as HR32 by Republican Rep. Warren Davidson, was originally proposed in November but was reintroduced on Thursday and now faces a dim future in a Democrat controlled House.
“Millions of Americans agree and want to chip in to help secure our borders,” the former Army Ranger tweeted, touting the legislation which directs the Treasury Department to establish a fund that would allow private citizens to contribute.
“Buy a Brick, Build the Wall Act” is newly introduced as HR32. It directs @USTreasury to establish a fund allowing private contributions to fund and maintain border walls. Millions of Americans agree and want to chip in to help secure our borders. cc @BrianKolfage pic.twitter.com/FYzIBBW57V
— Warren Davidson (@WarrenDavidson) January 3, 2019
As the partial government shutdown continues, there seems to be no compromise in sight with President Trump demanding that any spending legislation include $5 billion for a border wall while Democrats, recharged with newly elected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi refusing to give in to any funding of the border wall.
“Open border radicals make our country less safe for families everywhere. Last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized 2,379 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin – drugs that would otherwise have made their way to Ohio streets for sale. This bill creates a way for our citizens to pitch in and help efforts to secure the border, support President Trump’s commitment to build the wall, and keep future generations safe,” Davidson said, according to his website.
Funds raised in the proposed plan would be deposited in a Border Wall Trust Fund and then used “for planning, designing, constructing and maintaining a barrier along the border between the United States and Mexico.”
Conservative Rep. Jim Jordan threw his support behind his Ohio colleague on Thursday, tweeting “we need to pass” Davidson’s bill.
The American people have already donated over $18 MILLION to fund the border security wall.
We need to pass @WarrenDavidson’s bill—Buy a Brick, Build the Wall. He just introduced it today. It would allow the Treasury to use this money to secure our border.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) January 3, 2019
Some were not on board with Davidson’s idea.
This whole bit somehow keeps getting dumber every day https://t.co/qsXj7xEgK6
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 3, 2019
This is such bullshit. It starts as “private citizens can chip in!” And later becomes “we have to raise taxes because people stopped chipping in.” https://t.co/XEcN2a8WzT
— Ben (@BenHowe) January 3, 2019
So you are selling bricks for a wall that A. will not be a brick wall and B. was supposed to be paid for by Mexico. Did this idea come from Trump University?
— William Shakeshead (@WillShakeshead) January 4, 2019
Based on the performance of that GoFundMe, y’all should have that $5 billion deposit in the next 20 odd years or so. https://t.co/aXARLqyjH7
— Mike Silangil (@msilangil91) January 3, 2019
But others cheered the plan.
Millions of Americans have spoken — they want a secure border. https://t.co/xj5IhWd959
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) January 3, 2019
The people will be willing to buy a brick for protection of our borders.
We will never be able to rely on the dems.
— Donna Heard (@hrddonna) January 3, 2019
Just donated $100
— Nationalist Brian (@BrianZour) January 4, 2019
What would be the problem with a privately funded wall! You gotta be a complete moron to not accept it! Or anti american
— ❌yuovette❌???? (@yuovettenelson) January 4, 2019
This is awesome!
— Monte Monkeybread (@CarMonHulagirl3) January 4, 2019
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