Pelosi: ‘There Will Not Be Any Wall Money’ in Border Security Legislation

• January 31, 2019 2:14 pm


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said Thursday there will not be any money for a wall in the border security legislation that comes from the conference committee.

During her weekly press conference, Pelosi was asked if the House of Representatives would vote on any proposal that comes out of the conference committee.

"You said the committee should be left to its own devices. Whatever the product is, are you committed to allowing a floor vote, whatever conference agreement they have?" one reporter asked.

"Well, if they come out with a bipartisan consensus, of course," Pelosi said.

"Even if it include border wall money though?" the reporter followed up.

"We are not having a negotiation over this right now," Pelosi responded. "There's not going to be any wall money in the legislation. However, if they have some suggestions about certain localities, technology, some infrastructure about these ports of entry, maybe we need more ports of entry, some roads, that's part of the negotiation."

For over a month, President Donald Trump and Congress were in a standoff over funding for Trump's proposed wall along the southern border. The standoff resulted in a partial government shutdown which ended last week after Trump announced a deal that would fund the government for three weeks while a bipartisan conference committee works on a deal.

Trump tweeted on Thursday that Republicans on the committee are wasting their time if there is no funding for his wall.

"Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are wasting their time. Democrats, despite all of the evidence, proof and Caravans coming, are not going to give money to build the DESPERATELY needed WALL. I’ve got you covered. Wall is already being built, I don’t expect much help!" Trump wrote in a tweet.

Pelosi responded to Trump's tweet.

"What did he say today, it doesn't matter what Congress does? I knew he wanted at all to himself. I mean, really? A president who wants to have Congress be completely irrelevant in how we meet the needs of the American people? No, come on," Pelosi said.