Senate Republicans have shown their support to President Donald Trump’s border wall by giving nods to his $5 billion request to build about 200 miles of fencing along the southern border, The Associated Press reported Tuesday, citing a Senate aide.
The sum belongs to a $53 billion draft funding bill projected for the Department of Homeland Security.
It comes after the Republican-controlled Senate Appropriations Committee lined up behind President Trump in party-line votes giving preliminary, tentative approval to his latest $5 billion wall request and blocking a Democratic attempt to prevent the president from transferring additional Pentagon funds to build the border wall.
The Pentagon has cut funding from military projects to divert a total $6.1 billion to the U.S.-Mexico border wall, according to AP.
President Trump won $1.4 billion earlier this year through the regular budget process. He also declared a national emergency that triggered his ability to conduct a recently announced $3.6 billion transfer from military base construction.
The Trump administration said earlier this month that it plans on building between 450 and 500 miles of fencing along the nearly 2,000-mile border by the end of 2020.
GREAT progress on the Border Wall! pic.twitter.com/TvOYxgsBSv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2019
Includes reporting from the Associated Press.