President Trump, chief budget officer told lawmakers on Wednesday that the administration asked for more than $4 billion for the border of the defence, with half of the funds devoted to “the wall.”
In a hearing before the House Budget Committee, the Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney questions Trump answers the paramount campaign promise — the construction of the border wall along the US-Mexican border.
Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., the question of how much of the wall would be completed by the end of the fiscal year.
“It’s really hard to say-we have to go through a prototype process, and we have not yet decided whether one size fits all,” said Mulvaney, and said, the legislature, the administration determines the type of wall needed for each part of the border.
Grothman asked how many miles of border wall would be.
“It depends on the type of wall, bollard, wall is 8 million dollars a mile,” said Mulvaney.
According to Mulvaney, the prepared opening statement, which he decided by reading to the Committee, just to questioning, the president’s budget makes “historic investments” in border security and immigration enforcement.
The budget provides more than $to give 2.6 billion in new infrastructure and technology investment, Border Patrol agents, “the tools you need.” The budget invests $ 1.6 billion for new and replacement boundary wall in “priority areas”.
But Mulvaney assured lawmakers: “the work goes on, on the Southern border, today.”
Fox News’ Jennifer Bowman contributed to this report.
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