The House Appropriations Committee said on Tuesday that its funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security for 2018 will include $1.6 billion for President Donald Trump’s border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The amount is part of $13.8 billion in discretionary spending for the agency’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Under the plan, $100 million will be used for hiring 500 new border patrol agents, $131 million will be spent for new border technology, $106 million to purchase new aircraft and sensors and $109 million for getting non-intrusive inspection equipment.
Aside from the CBP funding, the bill includes $7 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is an increase of $619.7 million from the current fiscal year.
Conservative lawmakers in the House have warned recently that they would not vote a spending plan that does not include money for building the wall.
The allocation for the wall may have appeased the conservatives, but will likely set up a showdown with Democrats, who have vowed to reject any spending bill that allocates for the wall.
The Daily Caller reports:
The committee noted the funding proposed for constructing the physical barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico, meeting the Trump administration’s full request.
Building the wall along the Mexico border was one of Trump’s main platforms during the course of the election and has received strong support from congressional conservatives.