WSJ: No Lawmakers Representing Border Region Support Request For Wall Funds

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Not one member of Congress representing the region that President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall would run through has declared support for his request for funding to begin construction, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Per the report, the Wall Street Journal surveyed lawmakers who represent territory on the United States’ southwest border and found that most are opposed to Trump’s request for funding to begin work on the wall, while many still have questions.

“Not a single member of the House or Senate representing the region expressed support for the funding request,” per the report, which noted that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were included in the survey.

“There is no way in hell I support the request for $1.4 billion in border wall spending,” Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX) told the Wall Street Journal.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said in a statement obtained by the Wall Street Journal that he “will continue to review options as the current appropriations process moves forward.”

On the campaign trail, Trump often repeated his signature pledge to “build a great great wall” and “have Mexico pay for that wall.” In March, however, the White House requested more than $1 billion from Congress to begin construction.

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