Dem Rep to Introduce Legislation to Ensure Americans Won't Pay for Border Wall

Rep. Gwen Moore (D., Wis.) speaks on Capitol Hill / AP
March 9, 2017

Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore (Wis.) intends to introduce legislation on Thursday that would block President Donald Trump from using federal funds to pay for his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Moore plans to announce the "No Taxpayer Funding for the Wall Act," which has more than three-dozen Democratic co-sponsors.

"I am not in favor of the wall, but if there is a wall, then I do not want the United States of America to pay for the wall," Moore told CBS News.

The bill does not have any Republican signatures yet but Moore hopes the bill will gain a few.

Moore specifically referenced Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), a founder of the House Freedom Caucus.

"My bill gives amazing opportunities, I think, to people like Jim Jordan to opt out of building the wall," she said. "I'm trying to mobilize some interest in my bill from deficit hawks."

Jordan told Bloomberg last month that he has concerns about a border adjustment tax to raise revenue to build the wall.

An internal Homeland Security Department document that surfaced last month reportedly said the border wall would cost $21. 6 billion. The director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, estimated Monday that Trump's proposed wall could cost $8 million to $25 million per mile.

One of Trump's chief campaign promises was to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico and have Mexico ultimately pay for it rather than American taxpayers.

According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration is considering cutting funds to the Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration, and Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund the project.