Congressman Offers Plan for Bypassing Filibuster to Build Wall

A Republican congressman this week offered legislation that would fund President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall using a procedure to bypass the Senate filibuster that led to passage of last year’s tax cut.

The wall was Trump’s signature campaign promise, but he mostly has been stymied by Congress. Although lawmakers devoted $1.6 billion to border barriers, most of it has been used for repairing and upgrading existing fencing.

A House committee this summer passed a spending measure for the current fiscal year that includes $5 billion for the wall and additional funding for border security, although it includes an expansion of guest-worker visas, language thwarting efforts by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to narrow grounds for asylum and other provisions opposed by immigration hawks.

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Cameron Armour