Christopher Krepich, 202-225-5101
Washington, D.C. – Following the President’s address last night, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) re-introduced the Build Up Illegal Line Defenses With Assets Lawfully Lifted (BUILD WALL) Act. He was joined in this effort with Congressmen Mark Meadows (NC-11), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Phil Roe (TN-01), Rob Bishop (UT-01), Bob Gibbs (OH-07), and Jody Hice (GA-10).
This legislation would direct money and assets seized from Mexican drug cartels to be used to increase border security between the U.S./Mexican border. In addition to building a physical wall, the funding may also be used to construct other types of barriers or to implement technology-supported solutions where appropriate.
Rep. Sensenbrenner: “This commonsense legislation will provide the necessary funding to completely secure our southern border and cut off the flow of gang members and drugs into our country. Best of all, this can be done with minimal cost to the American taxpayer. This bill would break through the stalemate of funding for border security, thereby providing a path to reopen the government. Congress should consider this legislation immediately so we can return to other important legislative business.”
You can view the text of the legislation here.
Congressman Sensenbrenner introduced identical legislation during the 115th Congress. Senator Ted Cruz has introduced similar legislation in the Senate.