Three Republican lawmakers in the West Virginia House of Delegates are proposing that the state put $10 million toward President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE's long-sought border wall.
Dels. Caleb Hanna, Patrick Martin and Carl Martin announced the proposal on Tuesday, saying that $10 million from the state's nearly $200 million surplus could assist Trump's efforts to construct a wall along the southern border.
“West Virginians support our President and the wall,” Carl Martin said in the news release. “They’re sick of seeing Washington politicians sit on their hands while drugs and criminals pour over our border. It’s time for the states to stand up and do what they can to support our President in his fight to protect innocent Americans.”
Hanna previewed the formal announcement while appearing on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning. He said in a statement afterward that the scheme is "is no different than sending our National Guard to the border or overseas to protect U.S. interests."
"We, as a state, have resources available to help make America more secure, and I believe West Virginians would want those resources used to make us more safe.”
The delegates argue that this proposal will confront the state's drug problem, which they say is caused in part by "drugs coming ... in from Mexico."
According to the release, the proposal will be introduced before the Legislature in the "coming days."
Trump has long vowed to build a wall along the southern border, and has refused to sign a congressional spending bill that doesn't include funds for it. Democrats have repeatedly opposed Trump's demand.
The impasse has led to a partial government shutdown that has now lasted 25 days, making it the longest in U.S. history.
Mick Bates, the ranking Democrat on the House Finance Committee in the House of Delegates, criticized the GOP lawmakers' proposal, calling it "nonsense," according to West Virginia Public Radio.