Democratic House members have agreed upon delaying the border fight with President Donald Trump until November.
“One week in, our Democratic colleagues tried to stonewall the defense funding bill in committee and are now indicating they may even filibuster a motion to begin considering the House-passed defense bill later this week,” Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-Ky.) said.
“Some of our Democratic colleagues have determined they would rather stage a political fight with President Trump than secure the resources that our uniform commanders need to do their jobs,” McConnell continued.
Soon after, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) spat back at McConnell opposing his claims that Democrats wanted a political fight with the president.
“It was a bold accusation considering it was the president and the Republican majority on the Appropriations Committee that proposed taking funds from the military to spend on the president’s wall. That is what Democrats oppose,” Schumer said.
The Democrats were furious at the Pentagon’s plans of moving forward to redirect $3.6 billion in military construction funds toward the wall as part of an emergency declaration earlier this year, according to The Hill.
State Republicans, notably Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), have said that they trust the president’s judgment and expect to reobtain the military funds, characterizing immigration through the southern border as a crisis that warrants such funding, the Texas Tribune reported.
“Texas is being overwhelmed by the magnitude of illegal immigrations flooding into small communities,” Maria Jeffrey, a spokeswoman for Ted Cruz said. “Due to inaction by Congress, these communities are left holding the bag on where those illegal immigrants stay, how they will receive medical care, and where they will go when released. This is a security and humanitarian crisis, and Democrats in Congress need to do their jobs and work with Republicans and President Trump to secure the border.”
Jeffery added that Cruz is committed to ensuring that military facilities in the state “get what they need to continue serving as pillars of America’s security.”
Democrats are persistent in railing against Trump’s recent action to move a set amount from military training program funds to border projects, and are pushing to continue the fight in the upcoming days.
Leaders of the Democratic Party do have plans to fight Trump’s border policies in funding talks later this fall, taking a hard line against issues like wall funding, detention beds, and other enforcement provisions, according to a report by Politico.
“It’s going to be a clean CR [continuing resolution]. We’ve got to keep the government open,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said. “This discussion will take place during our normal appropriations process, whenever the Senate gets around to actually doing it,” Schultz said regarding the border wall.