Republicans in West Virginia, Arizona, South Dakota, and Montana are proposing legislation to help the federal government build President Donald Trump’s border wall to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, although the idea is getting swift resistance from both Democrats and Republicans alike. “I support President Trump’s border wall agenda,” argued West Virginia Republican Del. Ray Hollen, “but with that, I cannot support giving $10 million of West Virginia’s taxpayer money toward that, when we have our (own) obligations to take care of.” Fiscal concerns aside, there are constitutional issues regarding whether or not the states subject to such proposals are in fact allowed to make such “contributions” to the federal government. It’s an interesting question that may be moot come February 15.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
Republicans in four state legislatures are offering support to President Trump as he tries to get House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to support $5.7 billion in federal funding to build a border barrier where the U.S. and Mexico meet.
Three of the state proposals include millions of dollars to help Trump block the border with a barrier or a wall. The fourth offers moral support.
Montana Senate President Scott Sales (R) wants to give President Trump $8 million in state money to help construct a wall along the southern U.S. border.
Sales admitted sending $8 million to a $5.7 billion project is “a very small contribution,” and more “symbolic” than anything else. Still, Sales said, “Border security should be something that’s on the forefront of all legislatures whether they’re state or federal.”