Leroy N. Soetoro
2018-12-24 18:26:56 UTC
Senate Democrats have shown their willingness to shut down the government
in lieu of spending nearly $6 billion on a border wall, but compare that
price tag to some of the other expenditures the government funds.
House Republicans passed a stopgap funding bill on Thursday that included
$5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. However, Senate
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to kill any funding measure
appropriating for a walls construction.
Schumer has referred to the wall as expensive and ineffective, but just
how expensive is it relative to recent expenditures?
The Environmental and Protection Agency (EPA) was appropriated a $5.7
billion budget in 2018, down from the roughly $8 billion annual budget it
has received since the mid-1990s. Inline with the agencys mission
statement, nearly 90 percent of the budget is used to provide grants
safeguarding clear air, land and water, according to National Geographic.
A Government Accountability Office report uncovered that while the EPAs
budget has been remaining relatively stable, the amount of employees on
the public relations staff has been spiking. In less than a decade, the
agency increased its public relations staff by 16 percent with more than
140 employees dedicated to pushing the EPAs message.
In 2017, the federal government spent more than twice as much on farms as
the requested border wall funding. During the fiscal year, U.S. farms
received $13.2 billion in subsidies, according to transparency group Open
The Books. Nearly 15 percent of those subsidies went to farmers in
exchange for not using their land. (RELATED: Chuck Schumer Makes It
Crystal Clear He Wants No Additional Funding For Border Wall)
The government also footed the bill for nearly half of the countrys most
expensive infrastructure project, which was concentrated in one city
alone. After the Big Dig, a megaproject that rerouted Bostons primary
thoroughfare, was plagued by financial mismanagement and design flaws, the
Federal Highway Administration stepped in and provided what amounted to
about $7 billion in grants, reported The Boston Globe.
The project was completed in 2010 with a total ticket price of $15
And while the federal government has spent billions of dollars on one
citys project, it has also spent billions of dollars on individual
According to a 2014 Special Inspector General report, American taxpayers
took an $11.2 billion loss on its bailout of General Motors (GM). After
the automaker declared bankruptcy in 2009, the government invested $49.5
billion in the company with a 61 percent equity share. Overtime, GMs
stock price dropped, and despite selling back shares, the U.S. government
took billion dollar losses.
While a 2017 internal report from the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) forecasts that a wall would ultimately cost approximately $21.6
billion to complete, the Federation For American Immigration Reform (FAIR)
estimates that the fiscal burden of illegal immigration on the American
taxpayers is approximately $115.8 billion annually.
We would save Billions of Dollars if the Democrats would give us the
votes to build the Wall, Trump tweeted in early December. Either way,
people will NOT be allowed into our Country illegally! We will close the
entire Southern Border if necessary. Also, STOP THE DRUGS!
The Senate is scheduled to reconvene on Dec. 27 to resume appropriations
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