GOP lawmaker unveils bill soliciting private contributions to pay for border wall

Rep. Warren DavidsonWarren Earl DavidsonFinancial sector's work on SAFE Banking Act shows together, everyone achieves more Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess GOP leaders struggle to contain conservative anger over budget deal MORE (R-Ohio) reintroduced the “Buy a Brick, Build the Wall Act” Thursday which aims to direct the Treasury Department to set up a fund allowing private citizens to make contributions to fund and maintain border walls.

“Millions of Americans agree and want to chip in to help secure our borders,” Davidson tweeted. 

The proposal comes as a GoFundMe campaign to collect private contributions to the border wall has raised over $18 million in the past few weeks. 

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The bill was initially introduced in November but was reintroduced Thursday as the new 116th Congress began its session. It is unlikely to pass in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives or the Senate, where it would need to break a 60-vote threshold.

Funding for a border wall has been the focal point of negotiations between Democratic Congressional leaders and the White House as a partial government shutdown nears the two-week mark.

Congressional leaders will return to the White House Friday for the second meeting this week to work out a deal, but negotiations thus far have proven fruitless. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE has demanded that more than $5 billion for a border wall be included in any spending legislation to reopen the government. Speaker-designate Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Deal on defense bill proves elusive | Hill, Holmes offer damaging testimony | Trump vows to block Navy from ousting officer from SEALs On The Money: Trump signs short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown | Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 | California high court strikes down law targeting Trump tax returns Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel MORE (D-Calif.) said this week the Democrats would offer “nothing for the wall.”

Trump made a press appearance Thursday at the White House to double down on his stance on border wall funding, appearing with members of the union representing border agents, who praised the president’s steadfastness. 

Approximately 25 percent of the government shut down on Dec. 22, including the Departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, Interior and State. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers have either been furloughed or forced to work without pay.