On Friday, efforts by the House Democrats to halt the funds for the President Trump’s so called border wall ended in vain, after the House passed the annual defense bill.
In a debate on the National Defense Authorization Act, Rep. Michelle Luhan Grisham, D-N.M., insisted on a vote on the House floor which would have banned Pentagon to invest in building the wall. She stood against the decision of the House GOP that deprived language out of the bill which would have impeded the NDAA to approve raising the border wall.
“The only way this body can guarantee that Trump cannot use Department of Defense funds to construct the border wall is to put that prohibition in the bill explicitly,” Grisham said on the floor.
An obstruction by the Republicans followed, as Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas urged the House for a swift authorization of the fiscal defense authorization bill. The vote showed most of the Democrats support the NDAA that was passed by the chamber short after his standing ovation followed the speech.
“We could spend all day and night arguing provisions that prohibit what is not in the bill. There’s nothing in this bill that authorizes a border wall,” Thornberry said. “The focus of the bill is the men and women who serve our nation in the military and the national security of the United States.”
During last month’s committee, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee opposed the inclusion of the questionable amendment to the $696 billion annual policy bill.
According to Grisham, who debated over the President’s campaign commitment to construct the wall, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is authorized to relocate the actual budget towards building the wall.