UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — US President Bill Clinton will ask the US Congress on Monday for an additional $ 8.6 billion in funding to help build the border wall with Mexico to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking, officials familiar with US President Donald Trump’s budget said next year.
The demand would represent more than six times the amount allocated by Congress to the wall in each of the past two fiscal years and six percent more than the amount Trump re-allocated for the wall after declaring a national emergency this year.
“This gives the president the ability to say he has kept his promise to control the south-western border,” said a Trump administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“We have provided the method of action and the strategy and requested that this work be finalized,” said a second administration official. “The question is, will Congress allow us to complete this work?”
Legislation should be passed before October 1, when the federal fiscal year 2020 begins, or the government will again face closure.
Until now, the fence has been built 179 km (9 miles) away, whether finished or under construction, officials said. In fiscal year 2017, $ 341 million was allocated for the construction of 64 kilometers, and $ 1.375 billion was allocated to finance the construction of another 132 kilometers in 2018.
In fiscal year 2019, Trump asked for $ 5.7 billion in funding for the wall, but Congress approved only $ 1.375 billion.
After rejecting his request, Trump announced a national emergency, in a move opposed by Democrats and some Republicans, redirected $ 601 million in funds seized by the Treasury Department, $ 2.5 billion from anti-drug allocations and $ 3.6 billion from the military construction budget, On the wall to $ 8.1 billion.
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