House Minority Whip Steve Scalise is going after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a comment she made about the border wall which he is now calling an “insult.”
As the Washington Examiner reports, Scalise took to the House floor in a debate with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer where he called out Pelosi for seemingly ignoring the current immigration crisis at the border.
“How could you call this a fabricated crisis, when you see deaths, when you see over 90 percent of the heroin that comes into this country and kills Americans every single day is coming across our southern border?” Scalise asked Hoyer, before transitioning to Pelosi, the Washington Examiner reports. “That’s not a fabricated crisis. Those are real, serious things that are happening that are bad.”
“The real question is how much money is the other side willing to support to actually secure the border, if the department that’s tasked with keeping our country safe is saying they need $5.7 billion,” the Louisiana congressman continued.
Pelosi, previously said she would only approve of giving President Trump $1 for his border wall “but no more than $1,” she said.
“It’s not $1, and let’s at least recognize that was an insult,” Scalise scolded, per the report. “And so, if it’s not $1, then what is the amount you will support and put on the table to start a real negotiation to solve this crisis.”
According to the Washington Examiner, the two party leaders tiffed over how much money the new-Democratic majority in the House would be willing to allocate for the construction of a border wall—though Hoyer mostly dodged the question.
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Hoyer, D-Md., ignored Scalise’s question about how much money Democrats might support.
“The government of the United States partially has been shut down,” Hoyer replied. “That’s the issue here.”
Hoyer said some Republicans are already starting to vote for Democratic bills to reopen the government, without any wall funding. But Scalise interrupted and said again that the Democratic offer is an insult.
“She said on TV last week she’d support $1,” he said. “That’s an insult, and I have yet to see in any of the meetings I’ve been in her willingness to support more than that.”
Scalise tried again to get Hoyer to say how much funding Democrats might support. “You can’t say you’re for border security and then not agree to more than $1,” he said.
But Hoyer ignored the question again.
“The government is shut down,” Hoyer replied. “There’s no excuse for that.”
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