House Readies to Vote on $5 Billion Border Wall

A House panel next week is set to advance a bill that would provide $5 billion in funding for a southern border wall.

The House Appropriations Committee has scheduled a vote for Wednesday on the fiscal 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, which includes funding for the nation’s border security.

The bill would provide funding for an additional 200 miles of “new physical barrier construction” along the Mexican border as well as for additional border security that would help implement a strategy of “100 percent scanning” of the border within five years.

While Republicans hold the majority on the panel and can likely advance the measure to the House floor, the bill will draw fierce opposition from Democrats who oppose not only more wall funding but the legislation’s additional funding for new border patrol and interior enforcement agents.

Read more at the Washington Examiner.