White House requests $1.5 billion from Congress to begin border wall construction

The Trump administration also submitted a supplemental 2017 budget request on March 16, asking Congress to approve an additional $3 billion for border and immigration security, of which an estimated $1.5 billion will go toward the border wall project.

The budget proposal includes a $2.6 billion investment on "tactical infrastructure" and designs and planning for the wall as well as $314 million toward hiring and training 500 border-patrol agents and 1,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in 2018. In its request for information, the agency described plans to build a concrete wall about 30 feet high that can prevent climbing and withstand tampering or damage.

"He's definitely throwing several billion dollars at something that is going to be unneeded, unwanted and ineffective", he said.

Trump made building a wall a cornerstone of his campaign, promising to make Mexico pay for it, and lately has said Mexico will do so one way or another. And since the administration opened the bidding for construction, many businesses, an unexpected number of which are Hispanic-owned, have shown interest in building the wall.

Trump to reopen review of USA fuel efficiency standards
Trump said that he would engage in deregulation while also renegotiating free trade agreements in order to meet these objectives. Auto companies agreed to the tighter standards in 2011 that would almost double the fleet's efficiency to 54.5 miles per gallon.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

President Donald Trump laid out his plans for funding a wall along the US-Mexico border as part of the White House's budget blueprint released Thursday, detailing an initial payment for the wall's design and construction and plans for a hiring spree within immigration-enforcement agencies.

"It's coming out of the treasury", he said.

Cuellar, who met with Mexico's new ambassador to the United States on Thursday, reiterated that "Mexico is not going to pay for this wall.We all want to secure the border but there are smarter better ways of securing the border". After the report came out, Trump vowed to bring the price "way down", though he did not offer specifics.

A Carnival Cruise Ship Almost Hit Some Jet Skiers
Primmer made his way toward the jet skiers when one of the boaters fell off the water craft to re-board the water craft. The wind pushed both women into the channel of the port, into the direct path of the cruise ship.

There are also already indicators that funding a total wall could be a tough sell in Congress.

In the Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow 52-48 advantage over the Democratic Caucus and funding bills need to clear 60-vote procedural thresholds to pass, there is little eagerness among Republicans to dive quickly into erecting a wall amid uncertainty about how it will be financed.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said during a radio interview last week on WHYY-FM that threatening to shut down the government in order to get what they want is the Democrats' "only card" in negotiations with the Republicans. "We actually think the government overall does good things for the American people".

The emerging split is likely to add tension to upcoming budget negotiations created to keep the government open past the end of April.

Pandora Premium: New Service Aims To Compete With Spotify, SoundCloud
Users will be able to pay $9.99 a month to search for and play whatever they want, whenever they want. Existing Pandora users will receive their invitations to try out Pandora Premium starting on March 15.

Share

Related News

  • Workplace ban on religious headscarves legal — European Union  court

    Workplace ban on religious headscarves legal — European Union court

    The case was then referred to the European Court of Justice for clarification on what is banned by EU anti-discrimination laws. He said the vague ruling could end up employers deciding everything that an employer wears.
    United Kingdom  parliament passes Brexit Bill and opens way to triggering Article 50

    United Kingdom parliament passes Brexit Bill and opens way to triggering Article 50

    The bill still requires the formality of royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II to become law, which could come on Tuesday. Mr Davis said that allowing the amendment would give politicians a chance to fight for us to remain in the EU.
    Green Bay Packers sign Jacksonville cornerback Davon House

    Green Bay Packers sign Jacksonville cornerback Davon House

    While the Packers lost a fixture at running back on Tuesday, they are set to fill a spot in the secondary with a familiar face. According to NFL Network, Jones signed a one-year contract for $3.75 million with the chance to make $5 million.
  • Charges Announced in Massive Cyber Intrusion Case

    After announcing the indictments US will put out another official request for their extradition, he said. The hack in question was initiated in 2014 and compromised over 500 million accounts .
    Zedd organizes concert to speak out against Trump's travel ban

    Zedd organizes concert to speak out against Trump's travel ban

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a statement Thursday calls the executive order "a Muslim ban by another name". With this in mind, the Syrian father filed his potentially groundbreaking new complaint on Friday afternoon.
    Haitian bus plows into crowd, at least 38 people dead

    Haitian bus plows into crowd, at least 38 people dead

    He rammed the bus into a band of street musicians, leaving dozens dead, according to unconfirmed reports . Hundreds of people are killed or injured every year on the roads which are in poor condition.
  • Dan Carter's French club Racing 92 merges with Stade Francais

    Dan Carter's French club Racing 92 merges with Stade Francais

    Ironically, Stade Francais' final match is against Racing on April 29. The merger will need to be ratified by French rugby authorities.
    Gru Has Sibling Envy In The New Despicable Me 3 Trailer

    Gru Has Sibling Envy In The New Despicable Me 3 Trailer

    As long as directors Coffin and Balda keep the human characters as the priority, audiences will surely come back for more. Still, it doesn't look like Universal is planning to stop making Minions or Despicable Me movies anytime soon.

    Indonesian Stocks & Rupiah Ahead of Looming Fed Rate Hike

    It will be a test of the market's valuation, the economy's resiliency, the Fed's independence, and Donald Trump's self-control. Energy Information Administration could also fuel a bearish response by energy stocks if they continue to show record supply.
  • Trump Ally: President Was Likely Wrong On Obama Wiretapping Claim

    Appearing on Good Morning America Monday, Trump's senior counselor Kellyanne Conway addressed the allegations . Trump provided no evidence for his claim.
    South Africa win toss and bowl; de Grandhomme replaces Santner

    South Africa win toss and bowl; de Grandhomme replaces Santner

    The three-match series now stands at 0-0 with the second Test set to begin from March 16 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington . Neil Broom comes in at No 4 for the Black Caps in place of the injured Ross Taylor for the match in Wellington .
    Geert Wilders - Dutch PM Rutte 'has not seen the last of me'

    Geert Wilders - Dutch PM Rutte 'has not seen the last of me'

    Dutch voters head to the polls Wednesday to select a new prime minister in an election that could send shockwaves across Europe. Far-right movements have taken hold in both countries, which are also set to hold elections this year.