BREAKING: House Approves Spending Bill With Border Wall Funding

Posted: Dec 20, 2018 8:35 PM
BREAKING: House Approves Spending Bill With Border Wall Funding

UPDATE: President Trump thanks House Republicans for their enthusiastic vote...and mocks "soon to be Speaker" Nancy Pelosi.

UPDATE: If the government does shut down, the president is staying put.


The House of Representatives approved a spending bill Thursday that includes $5.7 billion to build President Trump's proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It passed by a vote of 217-185, with no Democratic "yeas." The legislation now heads to the Senate.

Among those who voted for the bill were the members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

"Republicans in Congress have continually told the American people that we would fight for wall funding, and today the House of Representatives took its first step toward fulfilling that promise," the group said in a statement after the vote. "The Senate must follow our lead. It’s time we do what we said and work with President Trump and the American people to secure our borders.”

The Freedom Caucus introduced an amendment Wednesday night and gave a series of impassioned speeches about how the president had a duty to keep his promise to the American people. To have border security, the likes of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said, they had to fund the wall. He called it "common sense."

The Democrats don't see it that way. On Wednesday night the Senate passed a funding bill that does not include money for the border wall.

Considering Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi already insisted, in front of cameras at the White House last week, they are not paying for the border wall, we seem to be heading toward a partial government shutdown. The deadline is Friday. 

Last week Trump said he'd be "proud" to shut down the government for border security.

Following Thursday's vote, Republicans implored their colleagues to fund the wall.