New York: Trump-backed plan for Mexico border wall gets support
New York, New York (AFP) – President Donald Trump’s plan for a border wall has received support from the Democratic-controlled US Congress, which will vote next week on whether to fund the $1.6 billion project.
The proposal is a major advance for Republican Trump, who campaigned on a promise to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.
Democrats have said they would oppose the bill, which would require a presidential declaration of war and be funded by a border tax.
It is likely to pass with Democratic support.
The Senate voted 98-0 on Tuesday to advance the border wall, which the president has called “the most important thing we have to do”.
The bill is the latest attempt by the Republican administration to create a barrier along the US/Mexico border since Trump took office, and his efforts to expand the US role in the fight against the Islamic State group have been met with fierce opposition from Democrats.
Trump, who has vowed to build the wall and build a “beautiful wall” along the border with Mexico, has vowed that he would veto the legislation, calling it a “terrible” and “bad idea”.
Democrats say they will be willing to approve the measure even though the GOP wants the funding.
The House approved the bill by a vote of 227-193 last month.
The bill will be voted on in the Senate in coming weeks, although the legislation is still not expected to become law.