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UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 03: Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., chairman of the House Budget Committee, is interviewed in her Longworth Building office on October 3, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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A GOP Lawmaker Just Introduced A Bill To Crowdfund Trump’s Border Wall, And This Oughta Be Interesting

Congresswoman Diane Black (R-TN) has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would “allow the secretary of the Treasury to accept public donations to fund the construction of a barrier on the border between the United States and Mexico, and for other purposes.”

A notification that donations to the Border Wall Trust Fund not designated under subsection will be used exclusively to plan, design, construct, or maintain a barrier along the international border between the United States and Mexico.

Black is currently running for governor of Tennessee.

The Border Wall Trust Fund Act is part of an effort among House Republicans to help President Donald Trump pay for his proposed border wall with Mexico, which was one of his biggest campaign promises. It’s also proven to be one of the most challenging political obstacles facing his administration.

The bill would enable the treasury secretary to “create a publicly accessible website to receive” donations for public works. It also calls for a mile-long honorary “commemorative display” of donors, unless the “secretary determines that length to be impracticable.” Additionally, the bill states that “a total estimated cost for the commemorative display” must be submitted.

Congress is deadlocked on the issue and there is no chance whatsoever of Mexico footing the bill. 

“What happened to Mexico paying for it?” Fox News host Harris Faulkner asked Black on Monday. Black replied she didn’ know “what kind of pressure” the Trump administration was putting on Mexico.

Black explained that despite a $1.7 billion earmark for border projects, none of that money is slated to be put toward a border wall. Estimates for the cost of building a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border range from $21.6 billion to $70 billion.

Note: the United States Treasury already accepts donations, and anyone is free to write them a check at any time. So far in 2018, Americans have donated nearly half a million dollars to the Treasury Department, which says on its website:

“The Bureau of the Fiscal Service may accept gifts donated to the United States Government to reduce debt held by the public. Acting for the Secretary of the Treasury, Fiscal Service may accept a gift of:

  • Money, made only on the condition that it be used to reduce debt held by the public.
  • An outstanding government obligation made only on the condition that the obligation be retired and the redemption proceeds used to reduce debt held by the public.
  • Other intangible personal property made only on the condition that the property is sold and the proceeds from the sale used to reduce the public debt.”

Black said that her bill would “dedicate a fund” for a border wall because current policies within the Treasury Department don’t offer a guarantee on how donated funds are spent, other than on “public debt.”

 

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