WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — President Trump hasn’t shied away from voicing his desire to put up a wall on the U.S./Mexico border and Democrats aren’t shying away from expressing their distaste for the idea.
The massive wall project would cost billions of dollars to complete. President Trump is demanding $5 billion to build the wall, and he’s threatening to shut down the government if congress continues to send him resolutions that don’t include funding for border security.
“[A shutdown] could happen over border security. The wall is just a part of border security — a very important part — probably the most important part,” Trump told reporters last Thursday. “But could there be a shutdown? There certainly could, and it will be about border security, of which the wall is a part.”
Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy spoke to News 9 about his thoughts on the matter.
“We want to avoid a shutdown, but we also want to get a bill that funds the border. Again the house will pass a bill that has 5 billion,” said Rep. Duffy. “The question becomes what is the Senate going to do? Are they gonna choose to shut down the government because they don’t want to fund the border wall; which by the way most Americans agree that we want border security. We don’t want an open border.”
News 9 also reached out to Democratic Congressman Ron Kind, who was unable to speak at the time.
Lame-duck lawmakers must come up with a bipartisan funding deal to put off the potential shutdown.
Congress has funded five of the twelve areas of appropriations. Of the seven bills left, funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which involves the jurisdiction over border security, has not advanced through.
Bill considerations end on December 7, when current government funding expires.