On Tuesday House Republicans unveiled a Homeland Security spending bill that includes an additional $1.6 billion funding for the proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. This addition brings the total for the Homeland Security spending bill to $44.3 billion.
“This funding bill provides the resources to begin building a wall along our southern border, enhance our existing border security infrastructure, hire more border patrol agents, and fund detention operations,” said Representative John Carter of Texas, chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee.
However, Democrats have said they will not vote for a bill that funds the border wall.
"The purpose of the Homeland Security bill is to make communities more safe and secure, and this pointless wall does nothing to accomplish that," said Matthew Dennis, a spokesman for Democrats on the Appropriations Committee.
A battle between House Republicans and Democrats on the spending bill could lead to a government shutdown come October if no bill is passed before the next fiscal year begins.