Supreme Court declines to rule on border wall environmental concerns

Leroy Wright
December 6, 2018

Washington is on the brink of another government shutdown, with Democrats and Republicans sparring over funding President Donald Trump's signature (and unfulfilled) campaign promise, with government funding set to expire on December 7 at midnight.

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The Center for Biological Diversity, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Defenders of Wildlife alleged in their lawsuits that Section 102 (c) of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act gave the federal government the ability to waive environmental laws in order to expedite the construction of barriers and roads like the border wall.

Congressional leaders unveiled a bill on Monday that would extend government funding for two weeks beyond Friday's deadline. Either way, people will NOT be allowed into our Country illegally!

The two-week delay means lawmakers have more time to haggle over the presidential push to allocate $5 billion for a border wall.

"The overwhelming number of members of Congress - all of the leadership, Republican and Democratic leadership - have said shutting down the government is not something they want to do", Mr. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, said on MSNBC.

Schumer has suggested one option would be for Trump to accept the Senate's $1.6 billion bipartisan border security package, along with the remaining $1.3 billion from the current fiscal year that has not yet been spent.

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The president had been scheduled to meet on Tuesday with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to discuss the impasse. The White House is expecting that to be between seven and 14 days, said a White House official who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The bill must pass the House and Senate, but leaders don't expect that to be a serious hurdle.

A group of border-state House Democrats sent Schumer a letter last week expressing opposition to any funding for the wall, which they said would separate local communities and antagonize Mexico.

Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, said, "We need all hands on deck to oppose frivolous border wall spending proposals".

"The $1.6 billion ... the language is broader than just a wall, so I think that that could probably be agreed upon, which was a figure in the Senate bill", Hoyer said.

Without action by Congress, federal agencies including the Department of Agriculture, State Department and Department of Homeland Security would find themselves without any money to pay employees and administer programs through the fiscal year that ends next September 30.

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