Democratic senators introduce bill to block funding for border wall live stream

Democratic senators introduce bill to block funding for border wall live stream

A group of Democratic senators on Friday introduced a bill that would block the spending of federal funds on livestreaming construction of President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence MORE's border wall after The Washington Post reported that White House officials were planning to set up cameras for a livestream

The "No Wall-Cam Act’’ was introduced Friday by Sens. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyThere's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down Trump administration drops plan to face scan all travelers leaving or entering US Advocates hopeful dueling privacy bills can bridge partisan divide MORE (D-Mass.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocrats rip Barr over IG statement: 'Mouthpiece' for Trump Supreme Court poised to hear first major gun case in a decade Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Senate eyes sending stopgap spending bill back to House | Sondland delivers bombshell impeachment testimony | Pentagon deputy says he didn't try to block official's testimony MORE (D-Hawaii), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRosario Dawson joins Booker for 'Lead with Love' tour Sunday shows — Nadler: A jury would convict Trump in 'three minutes flat' Booker on Harris dropping out: 'Iowa voters should have the right to choose' MORE (D-N.J.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHouse GOP unveils alternative drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote Pelosi gets standing ovation at Kennedy Center Honors Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills MORE (D-Ore.), according to a statement from Markey's office. 

"Federal funds may be expended to install or operate a video recording device at a border wall construction site for the purpose of live streaming the construction activities through a webcam," the proposal states. 

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An unidentified senior White House official told the Post that "there will be a wall cam, and it’ll launch early next year." 

The newspaper reported that the initiative aims to increase support for construction of President Trump's signature project. 

“The only thing more senseless and wasteful than an ineffective border wall is installing a camera to livestream its construction,” Booker, who is running for president, said in the statement.

“Federal funds should be used to improve the lives of Americans, not capture the activities of Trump’s xenophobic vanity project,” he added. 

Markey said in the statement that "the only idea dumber than building a so-called ‘impenetrable’ wall" is "livestreaming it.”

"We shouldn’t waste a single dollar on a wall-cam,” Markey said.