Border wall cost, estimated at up to $15 billion, is causing resistance within the Republican Party. A number of lawmakers, covering the ideological spectrum, suggest Trump could have a difficult time getting funding for his plan approved by Congress. President Trump has pledged that Mexico will pay for the wall, but lawmakers are skeptical. One veteran Republican, Sen John McCain (R) Arizona, said, “Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall,” while more and more Republicans are saying they don’t want to front money for the border wall.
Border Wall Cost Causes Questions
A number of Republican leaders told CNN that they would likely vote against any Trump plan that is not fully offset with spending cuts. Alaska Sen Lisa Murkowski, who has already broken with Trump over his nominee for secretary of education, said, “If you’re going to spend that kind of money, you’re going to have to show me where you’re going to get that money. I don’t see how you can get a bill like that through (Congress) without offsets. I don’t see how that’s possible.”
Others questioned if Trump’s vision would adequately resolve the problems at the border. Sen John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican who represents the border state of Texas, is skeptical about whether a wall alone would be enough to deter immigrants from entering the country illegally. He issued a warning to Trump, “I have concerns about spending un-offset money, which adds to the debt, period. I don’t think we’re just going to be able to solve border security with a physical barrier because people can come under, around it and through it.”