A Republican lawmaker introduced a bill that seeks to fund President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall by soliciting money from private citizens.
Ohio Rep. Warren Davidson introduced the “Buy a Brick, Build the Wall Act” Thursday, The Hill reported. The bill would direct the Treasury Department to create a fund that allows private citizens to contribute funds toward a wall.
“Millions of Americans agree and want to chip in to help secure our borders,” Davidson tweeted.
The bill was introduced in November but went nowhere before Congress skipped town. It is obviously not likely to pass the House now that Democrats have taken control, nor would it pass the Senate where it would need 60 votes.
The ongoing partial government shutdown is stretching into its third week as Trump refuses to budge on his demand for wall funding in any spending bill.
On the first day that Democrats took over the House majority, they passed a spending bill that included no funding for the wall. Five Republicans joined Democrats in approving the bill.
The shutdown began after Trump refused to sign a clean spending bill with no wall funding passed unanimously by the Senate.
GoFundMe campaign falls short:
While Davidson essentially proposed crowdfunding the wall through the Treasury Department, a Trump fan has already launched a campaign on GoFundMe to raise money for the proposed border wall.
The campaign has raised nearly $19 million of its $1 billion goal. According to estimates, the proposed border wall could cost as much as $67 billion.
Nancy Pelosi offers $1:
"Is there a situation in which you would accept even a dollar of wall-funding for this president in order to reopen the government?" CNN's Manu Raju asked the new House Speaker Thursday.
"A dollar? A dollar?" she replied "One dollar."
"A wall is an immorality. It's not who we are," she added.