If the budget point of order is waived, then the Senate will vote on the border enforcement amendment. The Senate will also vote on whether to end debate on the underlying bill.
The amendment included “border surge” language from Sens. Bob CorkerBob CorkerGroups warn of rural health 'crisis' under ObamaCare repeal Ringing the alarm in Congress: 20 million lives at risk due to famine Senators want more efficient way to get food aid to Africa MORE (R-Tenn.) and John HoevenJohn HoevenHeitkamp raises .6 million for reelection bid: report Combating opioid epidemic, repealing ObamaCare will hurt the cause Senate panel considers how to fund Trump’s T infrastructure package MORE (R-N.D.).
In the underlying bill an e-verify system and entry-exit system at air and sea ports must be in place before anyone is given a green card. The amendment from Hoeven and Corker would also make require construction of 700 miles of Southern border fencing, the purchase of more than $3 billion in new technology for border security, and the hiring of 20,000 more border patrol agents mandatory before green cards are issued.
Those increased border security measures come with a price tag of $46 billion over 10 years, but supporters point out that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) still estimated a net gain for taxpayers.
Vitter said proponents of the bill have tried to offset their spending by taking money from the Social Security Trust Fund.
CBO has said in the first 10 years, the bill will generate $197 billion and in the decade after that nearly another $700 billion, but Republicans critics of the measure say those gains are to the Social Security Trust Fund and shouldn’t be used to pay for other projects since the money will have to be returned to the trust fund at some point.
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidWarren builds her brand with 2020 down the road 'Tuesday Group' turncoats must use recess to regroup on ObamaCare Dem senator says his party will restore 60-vote Supreme Court filibuster MORE (D-Nev.) want the Senate to complete work on the legislation before the July 4th recess.