USA: Democrat Pelosi offers new border infrastructures to break budget impasse without funding wall

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated the willingness on Thursday, to build new fencing and other barriers at the Mexico-United States border as a part of ongoing talks to prevent another partial government shutdown.

According to The Hill news reports, while speaking at her weekly press briefing in the Capitol, Pelosi said, “There’s not going to be any wall money in the legislation.” However, she added, “However, if they have some suggestions about certain localities where technology, some infrastructure [is appropriate] … that’s part of the negotiation.”

Pelosi pointed to the proposals floated by Representative Henry Cuellar, Democrat, who represents a Texas border district, to construct low-lying vehicle barriers and levee walls along with the Rio Grande River as a part of a negotiation to break the budget impasse.

Pelosi said Democrats would think to accept the construction of such barriers if they try to represent an effective and efficient way to secure the US southern border.

She said, “Many places on the border there are cliffs, there’s a river, and there are 600 miles or something. Three hundred [miles] of them are Normandy fences. Three hundred miles of this so that cars cannot go by. If the president wants to call that a wall, he can call it a wall.”

Later on Thursday, the US President Donald Trump insisted that he would not at all accept any deal without funds for his long-demanded border wall, further telling reporters in the Oval Office, “If they’re not going to give money for the wall … it’s not going to work.” Trump also warned Republicans that they are wasting their time seeking to compromise over border wall.

In a tweet, Trump wrote: “Let’s just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games! A WALL is a WALL!”

Pelosi said to get the bill signed by the president, “we have to have a signed conference report by next Friday”, adding that “so we only have this week plus one day, with the State of the Union in between, to get this done”.

 

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