President Donald Trump has not forgotten about his promise to erect a wall along the Southern border of the United States. On Tuesday, he made a new suggestion that would offset some of the costs for the border.
President Donald Trump noted that solar panels would make building the border cheaper and more effective. He made this pitch to two congressional Republican Lawmakers.
Revenue would actually come in from selling solar power that was generated by the solar panels, so in time, the wall would actually pay for itself. This revenue would cover the construction costs of the wall.
According to the House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, “I think it’s innovative. To authorize it and to appropriate it wouldn’t cost much.”
This wall will deter illegal immigration as well as drug smuggling.
Mexico was supposed to pay for this wall, but after a severe backlash by Mexican officials, the U.S. will pay for this wall and Mexico will pay later.
“He’s been looking at a lot of options and this is a new option that he’s been looking at that sounds like its got real promise,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said.
Trump’s wall hopes to deter the influx of illegal immigration and drug smuggling. Trump had also promised that Mexico would pay for the wall. But after receiving strong pushback from Mexican officials, Trump suggested the U.S. would pay for it upfront and Mexico would pay later.
As of now, Congress has not allocated any money for the construction of the border wall. Cost estimates range past $20 billion, but the White House had been seeking $1.4 billion as a down payment in the recently passed spending bill in order to start the process. Strong pushback from Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle has left the wall’s future in doubt. Trump said he would be willing to revisit getting money for the wall in September.