01.05.17

RANKING MEMBER LEAHY STATEMENT ON REPORTS THAT PEOTUS TRUMP WILL ASK CONGRESS TO PAY FOR BORDER WALL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement in response to reports that President-elect Trump will ask Congress to pay for the border wall:

“A troubling pattern is quickly emerging, with the fuzzy talk about killing the Affordable Care Act, and now with ‘the wall.’  It’s jump first, and make real plans later, if ever.  That may be the way Mr. Trump ran his businesses but it’s not how we should treat American taxpayers.

“If President Trump asks Congress to approve taxpayer dollars to build a wall, which he has always said would not be paid for by U.S. taxpayers, we will carefully review the request to determine if these taxpayer dollars would be better spent on building hospitals to care for our veterans, roads and bridges to help taxpayers get to work, and for NIH to find cures for cancer.”

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