Are you ready for November 6? Ferox Strategies Chief of Staff Lucia Alonzo and the homeland security experts at CT Strategies are back with your final pre-midterms appropriations update, bringing you the latest and greatest news on border and homeland security funding!
Washington was quiet this October as Congress and President Trump cleared out to campaign for the critical 2018 midterms on November 6. President Trump and his allies have gambled on turning out the Republican voter base by focusing on border security and immigration – the same issues that brought international attention to Trump’s underdog presidential campaign in 2015. But, as we report, at least of some of President Trump’s promises may be forgotten by November 7.
As the election ticked closer Republicans offered expensive new promises to build President Trump’s long-promised border wall. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced a plan to appropriate a whopping $25 billion for a border wall as he campaigned to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) atop the House GOP hierarchy. Other Republicans floated plans to use arcane budget maneuvers to create a wall “entitlement” alongside programs like Social Security to flout Democratic filibusters. We explore these plans and their chances for success in this month’s report!
Also this month: the 2018 midterms are expected to restore Democrats to the majority in the House of Representatives, bringing a wave of new House leaders and chairmen. This month we examine the future leaders of the House Appropriations Committee, and how a Democratic shift may impact homeland security funding.
Finally, President Trump and the congressional GOP are still threatening to shut down DHS and several other agencies in a post-election funding clash over the border wall this December. Is this a campaign maneuver or a real threat to the U.S.'s economy and security just ahead of the holiday season? Check out our report to get our take!