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Republicans Skeptical About Trump's US-Mexico Border Wall

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By    |   Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 08:53 AM

Republicans appear to be growing reluctant to support building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to The Washington Post. 

President Donald Trump is set to release a budget that would include asking Congress for $4 billion to build the wall.

"I don't care at all as long as Mexico's paying for it — it's neither here nor there for me. But if we're paying for it, it's a significant concern," said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. His state includes a 400-mile border with Mexico.

"It may not be possible to do everything we want to do by April 28. I support border security, but I think we need a little more definition of exactly what the plan is," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. 

Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate, and they appear skeptical about the wall's financing. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., when asked if he believed Mexico would pay for the wall, said no.

"My focus is on defense spending. Not 'the fence' — defense," McCain said.

Republicans may face the choice of doing what Trump wants and working with Democrats, who have said they are prepared to block an interim spending bill that would keep the government open after the end of April, The Post reported.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, Democrat minority leader, believes that Republicans will be blamed if they place the fight over the wall comes up to risking a government shutdown.

"If Republicans insist on inserting poison pill riders such as defunding Planned Parenthood, building a border wall, or starting a deportation force, they will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy," Schumer said Monday, according to Bloomberg

At a rally Wednesday, the president said the border wall is "way ahead of schedule." 

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