Georgia Republicans okay money for Trump’s border wall

WASHINGTON — All 10 Georgia Republicans serving in the U.S. House, as well as one of the state’s centrist Democrats, backed a government spending bill on Thursday that would set aside $1.6 billion to build a wall on the southern border.

The lawmakers’ support helped send the $790 billion national security-focused spending measure to the Senate, where it is expected to be made over, if it can advance at all. Sanford Bishop of Albany was one of only five Democrats to cross party lines and support the legislation.

“I voted in support of this legislation due to the needs of our veterans and service members,” Bishop said.

The bill would fund military installations in Georgia and elsewhere, veterans’ health benefits and the maintenance of the country’s nuclear fleet for the budget year that begins on Oct. 1. It would also set aside $50 million for the Savannah port, as well as seed money for initial construction on President Donald Trump’s signature border wall with Mexico.

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Democrats had pushed for a standalone vote on the funding for the wall in an attempt to force Republicans into a tough vote, but GOP leaders blocked that request. Instead, Georgia’s Republicans flaunted their votes on the issue.

“I have had the opportunity to see the dire situation at the Southwest border firsthand and I understand the threats coming through the border into our nation,” said Buddy Carter, R-Pooler. “This legislation provides the resources necessary to begin construction on a Southern border wall to protect Americans from the threats of illegal immigration.”

The Senate is not expected to pass the legislation before it leaves for its August recess. Democrats there have vowed to filibuster any spending bills that fund Trump’s border wall.

Here’s how Georgia’s lawmakers voted:

YES 

Republicans — Buddy Carter, Drew Ferguson, Karen Handel, Rob Woodall, Austin Scott, Doug Collins, Jody Hice, Barry Loudermilk, Rick Allen, Tom Graves

Democrats — Sanford Bishop

NO

Republicans — None

Democrats — Hank Johnson, John Lewis, David Scott

 

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396 comments
Viola Jackson
Viola Jackson

Didn't your drama queen leader say the Mexicans would pay for the wall ? What part of that you slow GA republicans don't understand. ?

Jane McDaniel
Jane McDaniel

As a Georgian I am embarrassed! There is no way a wall would keep out any determined individual. There is no way to even build a wall in some areas. It would cost an astronomical sum. And most drugs come into this country by ways other than overland - and walls don't stop that!

Belinda Moon Anderson
Belinda Moon Anderson

I thought Mexico was going to pay for the wall . Just another lie and so many of my friends are still drinking the kool aid .

Brian Gary
Brian Gary

It can't be built high enough, strong enough, or soon enough!

Martha Heath Mason
Martha Heath Mason

Proud Georgian.... whatever it takes... I SUPPORT President Trump!!!

Pam Ballier
Pam Ballier

What happened to Mexico paying for it??? The con man strikes again...

Brandi Boyle
Brandi Boyle

Why not build the wall all around the Gulf, Fla... & the east coast?? They can come in by boat??

Kevin Tuttle
Kevin Tuttle

Of course they do - anything to serve their golden calf.

Emil Walcek
Emil Walcek

Idiotic. The wrong project at the wrong time to do anything except waste my $$$.

Ben L Rainey
Ben L Rainey

Thanks to the wise and normal GA republicans and good democrat that voted for wall, you are true patriots. The fish wrapper is wrong as usual

Kevin Eldridge
Kevin Eldridge

All the rest of the states need to do the same and Mexico will pay for ittax them on stuff they send over here to sell that how Mexico will pay for it

Johnny Trader
Johnny Trader

They did what the people that put them in office wanted them to do.

Dale A Jolley
Dale A Jolley

HE'LL YEAH I will be happy to donate money for if.You

Jim Hinson
Jim Hinson

I hate knowing my money is spent this way when Trump said he would have Mexico pay for the wall!

Betty Adams
Betty Adams

Leagalize all drugs. Problem solved. Getting rid of prohibition got rid of our mobs. Americans work for the wages farmesr pay workers, Problem solved . Worhed well in Portucal and some other countries.

Betty Adams
Betty Adams

How far into the Gulf of Mexico does it extend?

Randal Mroczka
Randal Mroczka

Don't care who pays for it I would be willing to also spring for a minefield!!!

Joanne Greedan
Joanne Greedan

of course they did hope to get rid of some of them in 2018 and 2020 they do nothing for the citizens

Penny Will
Penny Will

Stupid. I wish I had a say about my tax money going toward this waste.

James Davis
James Davis

How dare you! Mescans are sposed to pay!

Mary Reynoso
Mary Reynoso

That's because the governor of Georgia and Trump are thick as thieves

Kathy Kirby
Kathy Kirby

I say build the wall around the entire state. That way they are all in one place, easy to keep in Georgia and out of the gene pool. "Doctors Without Borders" can handle their healthcare needs (no disrespect to this wonderful organization).

Mark C Bellemare
Mark C Bellemare

Why is a wall protecting our boarder racist?? Does that make our nuclear arsenal protecting our borders racist as well..\U0001f644

Frank Shirley
Frank Shirley

Making America Great Again! We just keep winning. And NO ONE CARES about Russia!

Ginny Hordines
Ginny Hordines

many stupid people in Ga., I have first hand info!

Townsend Sullivan
Townsend Sullivan

Waste of time and money. But that's what politicians do best. Didn't the orange idiot say Mexico was going to pay or the wall?

Mark Hill
Mark Hill

"Mr Gorbachov take down that wall!"How fast we forget And that my friend was Ronald Regan

Marvin Junior
Marvin Junior

No surprise here that a Georgia republican would. No matter how stupid it is.

William E Howell
William E Howell

I glad to see that at least our Georgia Republicans want to keep their jobs. The American voter are keeping a list; the wall, repeal Obamacare, reform the tax code. If you can't get it done we'll find someone else who can.

Chris Collins
Chris Collins

Build the wall and deport the illegals. I don't want Mexicans here, I don't want them here even if they come legally!

Gary Hill
Gary Hill

We can pay for it and save money.

Sherri Deloach
Sherri Deloach

Unless they Build That Wall completely around the United States it's completely useless. All you have to do is go to the end of the wall and walk around it. I guess that's just a little bit too complicated for Republicans to figure out

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

About 300 million Americans can't see that the media and politicians are playing them like a fiddle

Jimmy Wade
Jimmy Wade

Like to know who will build the wall? Many parts are going to be in very remote areas roads will need to be built to get to those sections and some kind of housing for the builders to stay because the areas can be so remote that the workers won't be able to drive the long distances every day to the nearest town with lodging. Enforce the law and punish those who hire the illegals. It would be cheaper. Plus now with more jobs coming available south of the border they will not need or want to come here. No jobs here means less of a reason for them to come here.