Democrats didn’t see this coming, but the question is will Pres. Trump sign this if he arrives at his desk.
On Wednesday, Pres. Trump told Democrats that any standalone spending legislative bills would be vetoed if they didn’t include border funding. Democrats control the House of Representatives, so this could be a bill to shift support against Democrats if Speaker Nancy Pelosi decides not to vote on it or if the Democrat majority votes it down.
As the government is in its 19th day of a partial shutdown, five Republican lawmakers, Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks, Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton and Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith, introduced legislation that would require federal workers be paid during the partial shutdown.
“While Democrats continue to play politics with border security, federal employees dedicated to their mission of keeping America safe and our border secure are still going to work knowing they will be missing their paychecks,” Gibbs said in a Wednesday statement.
Gibbs blasted Democrats for the shutdown in the statement, saying they are the reason federal workers are not being paid:
They should not be caught in the middle of political ploys by politicians who are not serious about securing our border. If they are working to protect America and the lives of our citizens, they should be getting their paychecks on time. We shouldn’t be forcing these men and women to shoulder the burden of Democrats’ unwillingness to work with President Trump and Congressional Republicans to solve the humanitarian and security crisis on our Southern Border.
Source: Daily Caller
That’s one way to go; another is just to start building the barrier. The President laid the groundwork for using this statutory authority last night when he said that 300 Americans are killed every week by heroin alone, and 90 percent of that heroin comes in across the southern border — also mentioning that more Americans will die this year from drugs than were killed in the entire Vietnam War.
Based upon those statements and his statements about human trafficking, it seems to me that the President is getting ready to do what the law allows him to do:
10 U.S. Code § 284 – Support for counterdrug activities and activities to counter transnational organized crime
“(a) Support to Other Agencies.—The Secretary of Defense may provide support for the counterdrug activities or activities to counter transnational organized crime of any other department or agency of the Federal Government ***
(b)Types of Support for Agencies of United States.—The purposes for which the Secretary may provide support under subsection (a) for other departments or agencies of the Federal Government or a State, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies, are the following: ***
(7) Construction of roads and fences and installation of lighting to block drug smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States. ***”
Key phrase: “Construction of *** fences.”
If he does that, they can pass the Republican legislation or just end the shutdown, and Democrats will be left to explain why they don’t think trying to prevent so many drug-related deaths, and so much drug-cartel crime isn’t worth addressing.
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