In price range, Trump to ask Congress for $8.6 billion for border wall
To this point, solely 111 miles have been constructed or are underway, officers mentioned. In fiscal 2017, $341 million in funding was allotted for 40 miles of wall, and in 2018, one other $1.375 billion was directed to 82 miles.
For fiscal 2019, Trump demanded $5.7 billion in wall funds, however Congress appropriated solely $1.375 billion for border fencing tasks.
Following the rejection of his wall funding demand, Trump declared the border was a nationwide emergency – a transfer opposed by Democrats and a few Republicans – and redirected $601 million in Treasury Division forfeiture funds, $2.5 billion in Protection Division drug interdiction funds and $3.6 billion from a navy building price range, for complete spending of $8.1 billion for the wall.
The administration has not estimated how far the 2019 funds will go, however officers mentioned common prices are about $25 million per mile.
Trump’s $8.6 billion in proposed wall funding for fiscal 2020 would come with $5 billion from the Division of Homeland Safety price range and $3.6 billion from the Pentagon’s navy building price range. The price range proposal may also embrace one other $3.6 million in navy building funding to make up for any tasks delayed by the wall, officers mentioned.