House's $5B border wall bill a non-starter, says top Senate Dem

House's $5B border wall bill a non-starter, says top Senate Dem
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The $5 billion the House Appropriations Committee allocated to build a wall along the southern border is a "non-starter," the Senate Appropriations Committee's vice chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' Pentagon transferring .8 billion to border wall MORE (D-Vt.) said Thursday.

"Wasting $5 billion of the American taxpayer’s money on a cynical, symbolic, and ineffective border wall — a wall the president has repeatedly promised Mexico would pay for — is a non-starter in the Senate," Leahy said in a written statement Thursday.
On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Homeland Security spending bill, which included the $5 billion to build 200 miles of a new physical structure along the southern border.
 
In 2016, Trump campaigned on building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. Last week, the president tweeted his support for the bill when it was first released, personally thanking and endorsing Rep. Kevin YoderKevin Wayne YoderSharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested' Feehery: How Republicans can win back the suburbs K Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers MORE (R-Kan.), chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security.
 
The Senate version of the bill includes $1.6 billion in funding for the wall and limits it to reinforcing existing barriers and “pedestrian fencing.”
 
Trump vowed not to sign a stop-gap funding measure that lacked funding for the wall.