115th Congress, Budget, Chuck Schumer, Congress, House of Representatives, Immigration, Issues, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Politicians, Senate

Build that wall, Mr. Speaker

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Whenever President Donald Trump brought up immigration on the campaign trail in 2016, his own voice was often drowned out by supporters shouting, “build the wall, build the wall!” Trump’s favorite social media platform, Twitter, has even been trending #buildthewall since before he was even elected as President.

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A simple policy slogan united the American people around Trump last year, but now it is Congress that must unite to make this dream a reality — or the midterms could mean the end of Republican control.

After the election, House Speaker Paul Ryan rallied behind President Trump’s position on constructing a strong border wall, but now he seems to be back tracking, as if he is surprised about opposition.

In late March Ryan spoke about delaying the wall, noting on CBS News that “The big chunk of money for the wall really is next year’s – next fiscal year’s appropriations because they literally can’t start construction even this quickly.”

This is different than seemingly all of Ryan’s past positions, which have led Americans to believe the wall is moving forward.

On December 9, 2016, Ryan was asked on Sean Hannity specifically asked if Trump and House Republicans would disagree on immigration, but Ryan asserted, “We are working on a common platform…we are working on getting border funding up and running right away…that is enforcing current law. What President-elect Trump has asked us to focus on is enforcing current laws…and getting the border secured. So that is what he said he wants us focusing on, and that’s exactly what we’re working on.”

Based on this alone we would assume legislation to promote the wall would come immediately, as Ryan said it is simply building the infrastructure to enforce our current, most basic laws.

Ryan’s support continued into 2017, him and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stood alongside each other on January 26 in Philadelphia, and explained emphatically that “We are moving ahead” with the wall with a specific price tag of “$12 to $15 billion,” adding, “We intend to address the wall issue ourselves.”

A day later, in Washington, D.C., Ryan continued to defend that once Mick Mulvaney was confirmed as Office of Management and Budget Director, the House could receive a supplemental plan from the White House and is “hoping in the first quarter we can get this done.” He continued to note that, “This something we want to get on right away. And so we do believe this is one of the most important promises the president made running for office. It’s a promise he’s going to keep and it’s a promise we’re going to help him keep.”

Mulvaney has been confirmed since Feb. 16, 2017; with a supplemental request proposed on March 14 and formally sent to Ryan on March 16. Yet no action has been taken.

Republicans seem to be backing down in order to prevent a Senate filibuster from Democrats. At a March 28 event organized by the National Council of La Raza, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer suggested, “Senate Democrats are prepared to fight this all the way.” When asked if Senate Democrats would shut down the government over the wall, Schumer offered, “We hope our Republican colleagues work with us and not put it in.”

The same day, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) suggested at a Republican leadership press conference that “All of the committees, House and Senate leaderships, are working together to try to finalize the rest of the FY17 bill… My guess is that comes together better without the supplemental,” which Blunt said would be dealt with “at a later time.”

Just two days before Ryan changed his position, Democrats made their threats and Republicans have apparently changed their plans.

But Ryan cannot pretend that in September, Democrats will not try the same thing. Backing down now would not bode well for getting the wall built.

First of all, Democrats don’t agree with the wall today and certainly will not in September. If Chuck Schumer wants to bring the government to a partial shutdown to prevent the wall from being added to the budget — that is exactly what he is going to do, this year or next.

Republicans cannot wait to see how Schumer is going to react, they promised the American people the wall and need to deliver quickly.

Historically, maintaining a majority during the midterms is an extremely difficult task. Dating back to 1906, White House incumbent parties lose seat in the House of Representatives 89 percent of the time, with losses averaging about 35 seats.

Only three times in modern history have incumbent parties actually been able to gain seats in the midterms, 1934, 1998 and 2002.

Ryan cannot act like the House has leeway to delay President Trump’s promises, Republicans only need to lose 21 seats over the next two years including upcoming special elections, to lose control of the House altogether.

And these special elections have already been shaky, with many calling the Georgia and Kansas special elections a “wake up call” since Republicans are just barely holding onto the seats they won handedly in the 2016 general.

Immigration is the standout issue that made Trump what he is today, and “build the wall” is the policy position that made it all happen. So far, Trump appears to be sticking to his guns, with Politico reporting on April 19 that funding for the wall is among the priorities the administration is asking for in the April 28 continuing resolution.

The GOP Congress needs to prove that they hear the American people, and follow through with the winning agenda Trump has set out. If they fail the build the wall, Trump may be unable to carry them through midterms.

This is a guest post by Natalia Castro contributing editor at Americans for Limited Government.
  • Of course not, Ryan, Graham, McCain, McConnell and the rest are owned by Soros, the Globalists and mega Corporations. They don’t give a rats’ ass for LEGAL CITIZENS!
    A recent article claims Ryan is Beaver Cleaver at home, but Eddie Haskel in DC. For those too young to get it, look up “Leave It To Beaver” it’s an old TV show where Beaver was a naive young boy loved by everyone, Eddie Haskel was a manipulating jerk playing dirty tricks on everybody. I see him as even worse than Eddie Haskel!
    The article says people at home love Ryan, but in Washington nobody likes him.

    • Robert

      It seems a lot of people still do not get the message on how much building a wall that keeps no one out who wants to come.will cost and do nothing to stop anyone Look through history and show me one wall that kept anyone in or out except the honest people or those afraid to take a chance.. Business weekly which is not political also has said it will cost the USA over $500 Billion yearly if the illegals were not here.that is because the illegals add that much to our economy and take nothing out that exceeds $1 Billion, so that leaves $499 Billion Plus for the USA economy. I do suppose those that deal with the facts are idiots in this instance.
      HAVE A GOOD DAY

      • Allen

        It’s called the Great Wall and it kept Mongol hordes from the Middle Kingdom for a thousand years. Look it up old crazy troll. And you asinine $500 billion number that you pulled out of your fat ass is a joke. The wall will actually help raise wages in the U.S. by $600 billion a year!!!!! See how easy it is. Go back to your fake family and fake career you hideous troll

        • Robert

          Allen
          I do not know why anyone would post something that shows how uneducated you are.
          History proves that the only thing held back by the Great Wall of China was invading Army’s and in the end not even them, because a few at a time come over or through the wall and undermined the wall so their army could come through.
          I do suppose i got those numbers from all the economists and the Chamber of Commerce reports.
          Check some of the sources. http://www.businessinsider.com/cost-deporting-undocumented-immigrants-study-2016-5
          Then here are 100s more to check
          http://search.xfinity.com/#web/Economic%20cost%20of%20deporting%20tht%20illegals/2
          If this site would quit spreading lies and twisted truths then I would have a lot more time for other things. I was always taught a Republican is a truthful person and should stand for the truth, and that is what I try to do.
          HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • Allen

            You are an expert on posting things which shows how uneducated you are. Every word you have ever put up here is a paragon of stupidity and fecklessness. It’s amazing you can actually log on to a computer and type complete sentences.

            You are the only one spreading lies and twisting the truth with your fake “facts” and mindless conclusions. Get a life you insipid troll.

          • Robert

            AllenThose that can not accept the facts of anything are doomed to failure.Those that spread the lies you see on both Political webb sites have no dignity what so ever and show how low the parties have gone to get people to agree with them.
            If I am the one spreading lies there is no problem prove me wrong through reliable sources not either political webb site. Every economist agrees as does 47 state Chamber of Commerce’s.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

  • Robert Kahlcke

    They all appear to be operatives of the Democrat-Communist-Islamic Terrorist Organization.

  • ONLYJB1

    Of course baby Rino is not on board. Ask yourself why!

  • jerry

    I don’t like the idea of a wall, but I can’t think of a better way to keep us safe, and it’s all about safety.

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