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 TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' 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 MarkeyParnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE (D-Mass.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocrats request briefing on intel behind Trump's embassy threat claim Former Hawaii Democratic governor calls on Gabbard to resign Gabbard under fire for 'present' vote on impeachment MORE (D-Hawaii), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker ahead of Trump impeachment trial: 'History has its eyes on us' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial DNC announces new criteria for New Hampshire debate MORE (D-N.J.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Lawmakers call for FTC probe into top financial data aggregator Overnight Health Care: Progressives raise red flags over health insurer donations | Republican FTC commish backs Medicare negotiating drug prices | Trump moves to protect money for religious groups 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.