President Trump was undoubtedly enamored when the House passed a government funding bill which included $5.7 billion to fund the construction of a new border wall.
$5.7 billion is even more than the $5 billion Trump was requesting.
The result of the House vote surprised many political pundits and news commentators who said it would not happen this cycle, with this Congress, or with the pressure of a looming shutdown.
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Nancy Pelosi should learn to never say never.
The California Democrat and soon-to-be House Speaker declared last week that passing a spending bill with funding for President Trump’s border wall was an impossibility for the House. But on Thursday, the House passed an interim bill which approved $5.7 billion Republicans had requested for border wall funding.
Just last week, the House Minority Leader locked horns with the president in the Oval office, insisting repeatedly that he would not get a bill passed in the House with any funding for the wall because he did not have the votes he needed.
In a fiery speech ahead of the vote, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise told Republican members that they needed to vote in favor for the border security and send a message directly to the president that members of his own party will support him.
“We have a choice to make Mr. Speaker. Are we going to stand with the president and say we are going to give you the tools to secure the border or not? It’s a straight-up vote,” Scalise contended. “You’re either for border security or you’re against border security.”
Trump took to social media in a series of posts expressing his support for House Republicans who cleared the bill by a vote of 217 to 185. No Democrats voted in favor of the bill.
“Thank you to our GREAT Republican Members of Congress for your VOTE to fund Border Security and the Wall,” the president said in a tweet. “The final numbers were 217-185 and many have said that the enthusiasm was greater than they have ever seen before.”
“So proud of you all,” he added. “Now on to the Senate!”
Trump’s applause for House Republicans included a swipe at Pelosi, referring to the California Democrat as “Soon-to-be Speaker.”
“Soon to be Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, last week live from the Oval Office, that the Republicans didn’t have the votes for Border Security,” Trump said before adding he did not need an apology from Pelosi. “Today the House Republicans voted and won, 217-185. Nancy does not have to apologize. All I want is GREAT BORDER SECURITY!”
Political pundits said border funding could not be done: not this year, not by this Congress, not with the pressure of a looming shutdown. But, like time after time, Trump defied the odds.
Now, all eyes are on the Senate.