Congress and President Trump are still deadlocked over funding for a border wall
WASHINGTON (SBG) - Congress and President Donald Trump are still deadlocked over funding for a border wall along the U.S-Mexico border.
With talks to reopen the government at a standstill, some Republican state lawmakers want to use money in their state’s budget to help build President Trump’s border wall.
Three Republican West Virginia delegates want to chip in $10 million of their nearly $200 million budget surplus.
“It will divert $10 million to the Southern Border to construct the wall," said Del. Caleb Hanna, R-W.Va.
Hanna believes the wall will help stem to the flow of drugs to his state. West Virginia has been hit hard by the opioid crisis and has the highest rate of drug overdoses in the country.
“I’m going to be frank about it, it’s killing our children and we have to address this in some way,” Hanna said.
Democrats are slamming the effort as a political stunt.
"In all the visits President Trump has made to West Virginia, I think he said quite clearly that Mexico would pay for the wall, not the taxpayer of West Virginia,” said Del. Mike Pushkin, D-W.Va.
President Trump wants congress to approve $5.7 billion for construction of a wall. The 10 million dollars the West Virginia delegates are proposing though ..won’t go very far, it would only build less than a half of a mile of the wall.
"$10 million to a $5 billion wall is a drop in the bucket, but we are hoping other states will chip in," Hanna said.
Other states are also seeing problems with illegal immigration and want to help build trump’s wall. In Montana, the state senate leader wants to send $8 million dollars.
“We all benefit by having a secure border. Our citizens are safer,” said Scott Sales, Montana State Senate President.
In South Dakota, lawmakers there -- passed a resolution endorsing the construction of a wall. It’s unlikely the West Virginia or Montana bills will become law.
We reached out to the Office of Management and Budget on whether they support the move and we never heard back.