Senate majority leader: Mexican border wall could cost $12B to $15B

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 06: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to the media during a news conference before leaving on summer break, at the US Capitol August 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. Leader McConnell spoke about the Senate's accomplishments and pending legislation to be addressed when the Senate returns from summer break. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday, January 26th that he expects the cost of building a wall along the Mexican border to be between $12 billion to $15 billion.

But neither McConnell nor House Speaker Paul Ryan said precisely how Congress would pay for the wall, or whether they expect Mexico to repay the cost.

Ryan said Thursday he expects President Donald Trump to submit a plan for paying for the wall, but did not want to talk about details before the White House submits its proposal.

“We anticipate a supplemental (budget) coming from the administration,” Ryan said. “The point is we’re going to finance the Secure Fence Act.”

President Trump campaigned on a promise of border wall and repeatedly said Mexico would pay for it. He has more recently said that while the US might front the initial costs of the project, Mexico would eventually pay the US back.

Mexican officials have repeatedly said they will not pay for such a wall.

Democratic Rep. Jim Himes told CNN Thursday the plan to build a wall on the southern border “monumentally stupid,” and sharply criticized McConnell and Ryan’s comments

“How Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell ten years from now are going to look back on their behavior now, where they didn’t have the courage to stand up and say hey guy this is a bad idea,” the Connecticut congressman told CNN’s John Berman and Kate Bolduan.


  • Al P

    Money easy to be had by cutting monumental waste in the Federal Government. Ten Years from now we will look back and say why the heck wasn’t this done sooner??

  • Ian

    Why, exactly, do we need a border wall? for $25B if you include corruption and cost overruns? Why aren’t the media people asking why we need it? They are just talking about the cost and the “riff with Mexico”. Let’s dig into why we need it. And into why the Congress is even pretending to go along with the idea of building it. And why not build one along the Canadian border?

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