|You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that the U.S. Treasury should create a trust fund that allows for private citizens to donate towards the planning, designing, construction, and maintenance of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Allowing private citizens to crowd fund the wall would prevent taxpayer funds from being used while funding border security.
|You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that allowing the crowd funding of the border wall would circumvent Congress' appropriations process which would ultimately allow wealthy individuals and corporations to influence U.S. politics. Bypassing Congress' funding process means bypassing a check and balance process.
The Buy a Brick, Build the Wall Act would create an account at the U.S. Treasury dedicated to holding public donations for the completion of a wall along the U.S. southern border. These donation funds are to be deposited in the "Border Wall Trust Fund" to be used for planning, designing, constructing and maintaining a wall border between the United States and Mexico.
President Trump has requested $5.7 billion for the creation of a southern wall between the U.S. and Mexico. When the idea was first introduced, President Trump made several public statements declaring that Mexico would ultimately pay for the wall, not the American taxpayer.
Now that the House is controlled by Democrats, the government sits at a standstill. The government is in the process of the longest shut down in history and the creation of this wall is the main reason behind it. Democrats are not giving in into the full amount of the border wall cost, as they see it as a waste of taxpayer money, and President Trump is not giving in unless the border wall is fully funded, citing border security as his main incentive.
This bill was originally introduced during the 115th congress when a private goFundMe campaign picked up steam and raised several million dollars from private citizens with the intent of funding the border wall.
Those who oppose the legislation see the crowdsourcing of federal projects as a way for the private sector, specially those with resources, to influence U.S. politics, allowing corporations and wealthy individuals to bypass Congress' appropriations process which acts as a check and balance to such projects.
The Border Wall Trust Fund, along with its donation website, is to be established in no less than 60 days after the enactment of this bill.
"Open border radicals make our country less safe for families everywhere. In 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized 2,379 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin - drugs that would otherwise have made their way to Ohio streets for sale," said Congressman Warren Davidson, main sponsor of the legislation. "This bill creates a way for our citizens to pitch in and help efforts to secure the border, support President Trump's commitment to build the wall, and keep future generations safe."
Sponsored by: Rep. Davidson, Warren [R-OH-8].
Cosponsored by: 23 Rep / 0 Dem.