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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said on Tuesday that he would ask President Trump to withdraw his request for $5 billion in the border wall construction funds, and instead use the money to battle-gun-violence-and-shootings-and-white racist extremism, following two deadly mass this month.
Schumer’s office said he is to formally petition the President, the funding in the direction of the gun violence research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Homeland Security, counter violent extremism programs, FBI domestic terrorism investigations, and other programs.
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“The dual scourges of armed violence and violent white supremacy extremism in this country is a national security threat, plain and simple, and it is time for the trump card-the administration and the Republicans in Congress treated them as such,” Schumer said in a statement.are
“Now Republicans and the administration need to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to tackling armed violence and stop the rise of domestic terrorism, especially the continue of white superiority,” the statement.
In February, Trump a national emergency Declaration is used to steer the funding from the Pentagon for its long-promised border wall. He took the bridle after the Democrats in Congress refused to Fund the project.
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Schumer’s request came after CQ Roll Call reported that Senate Republicans on the search redirection over 5 billion US dollars from a domestic spending bill to Fund the wall. The shooting in Texas and Ohio earlier this month, increasing pressure on the legislature to address gun violence, and white nationalism,
The gunman in El Paso, Texas, who killed 22 people in a Walmart targeted Hispanic immigrants.
Fox News’ Caroline McKee contributed to this report.