GOP Lawmaker Proposes Legislation To Crowdfund Border Wall

Kyle Morris | Contributor

Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) has introduced legislation that would create a “border wall trust fund” that allows people to donate money to go toward President Trump’s border wall.

The newly introduced Border Wall Trust Fund Act would “allow the Secretary of the Treasury to accept public donations to fund the construction of a barrier on the border between the United States and Mexico, and for other purposes.”

In an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered Overtime,” Black spoke with Harris Faulkner about how the bill would allow those “who really want to see a secure border” to give to the trust and raise money for the security measure.

“What happened to Mexico paying for [the wall]?” Faulkner asked.

Black, who is running for governor in Tennessee responded, “I would like for Mexico to pay for that, and I’m not close enough to the administration to see what kind of pressure they’re putting on [the Mexican government].”

When asked whether she believes the American people will contribute to the cost of the wall, Black proudly said, “I do think they will.”

Since introducing the legislation, Black said she has received great praise and positivity from Americans that would “be willing to help fund the wall.”

Black, a member of the House Budget Committee, said the president has “built his case and hopefully in future funding there will be more funding for the wall, but why not have multiple sources so we can have the wall done faster?”

Black says the legislation to create the fund would ensure that the money given by people to go towards the wall, goes towards the wall.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly said that he would build a wall on the southern border and that Mexico would pay for it. So far, Congress has been hesitant to fund the wall. If funding for the wall is not included in the next spending package, Trump has threatened to allow a government shutdown.

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