Three Republican lawmakers in the West Virginia House of Delegates are proposing that the state put $10 million toward President Donald Trump’s border wall.
Delegates Carl “Robbie” Martin, Patrick Martin, and Caleb Hanna today announced they plan to introduce a bill that would divert $10 million from the state’s current nearly $200 million surplus to help Trump build a wall along our southern U.S. border.
19-year-old Republican Caleb Hanna joins the House of Delegates and immediately co-sponsors legislation to give a portion of the state’s surplus to the southern border.
Some West Virginia lawmakers want to pitch in millions of dollars for President Donald Trump’s wall-building effort along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The GOP-led House of Delegates issued a statement Monday that a bill planned by three delegates would divert $10 million from West Virginia’s current $186 million budget surplus for wall construction.
Trump’s seeking $5.7 billion overall to fund construction of a wall along about 235 miles of the border. The suggested offer from West Virginia would pay for a tiny fraction of the cost.
Trump carried West Virginia by 42 percent points in the 2016 election, and 63 percent of state voters who cast midterm ballots approved of his job performance. More
Trump has long vowed to build a wall along the southern border, and has refused to sign a congressional spending bill that doesn’t include funds for it. Democrats have repeatedly opposed Trump’s demand.
The impasse has led to a partial government shutdown that has now lasted 25 days, making it the longest in U.S. history. More
“This is about our children and our future, and we must do everything in our power to protect them,” Delegate Patrick Martin said. “Since the D.C. liberals won’t act on this, we will. And I hope West Virginia serves as an example to other states that it’s time to stand up against inaction in Washington and band together to do what’s right.”
The proposal is currently being drafted and should be formally introduced in the Legislature in the coming days.
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