[Ed. – Who’s in charge?!]
On Wednesday, Congress released a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that provides no funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall – a major setback for Trump, who had demanded $25 billion to construct a concrete barrier to stop illegal crossings from Mexico.
Though Republicans control both the House and the Senate, Congressional leaders caved to Democrats’ demands that the spending bill include zero funding for one of the president’s key legislative priorities.
“Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan don’t want a border wall; they detest the idea of it,” one Congressional insider told Newsmax. “They are trying to sell the president on the idea they’ll fund it in another bill when they know that won’t happen.”
The spending bill does provide more than $1.2 billion for border security enhancements, including high-tech surveillance systems, as well as some $641 million for over 30 miles of new fences and border-crossing obstacles.
But Democrats strongly objected to any funding for a permanent wall that will help control illegal immigration across almost 2,000 miles of the border with Mexico.