Thomas Massie: GOP Secured $100 Billion for Hurricane Relief; Cannot Find $5 Billion for Border Wall

US border control agents stand in formation during a show of force as Central American migrants mass on the other side of the frontier

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) charged in a tweet on Wednesday that House Republicans from California, Texas, and Florida secured more than $100 billion for disaster assistance for their states; however, they cannot find $5 billion to fund the border wall.

Congressman Massie chastised House Republicans for easily securing $100 billion in disaster assistance for the various hurricanes during the last two years but remain unable to find any way to find President Donald Trump’s $5 billion in border wall funding.

Massie contended that Republicans from California, Texas, and Florida, which comprise the largest Republican delegations to the House of Representatives, share the most substantial blame for the House GOP’s inability to pass a bill that includes border wall funding.

“Republicans from TX, CA, FL (the three biggest GOP delegations in the House) secured $100 billion in ‘disaster assistance’ for their own states last year but can’t come up with $5 billion for border security/wall,” Massie wrote on Wednesday:

President Trump has demanded Congress partially fund his proposed border wall to the tune of $5 billion; however, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders signaled a retreat from this strategy on Tuesday, suggesting that they could accept far less in border security funding and that they will look for alternative means to obtain funding.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) suggested that a government shutdown remains unlikely and that the White House continues to be “extremely flexible” on the wall funding issue.

President Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning that “one way or the other,” he will secure funding for his promised border wall.

“In our Country, so much money has been poured down the drain, for so many years, but when it comes to Border Security and the Military, the Democrats fight to the death,” Trump tweeted. “We won on the Military, which is being completely rebuilt. One way or the other, we will win on the Wall!”

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