West Virginia lawmakers propose bill to help fund border wall
Several lawmakers in West Virginia announced Tuesday that they plan to introduce legislation that will help fund President Donald Trump's border wall.
The bill would divert $10 million from the state's surplus to help build a wall along the southern border of the United States.
The state's current surplus is at nearly $200 million, the delegates say. Gov. Jim Justice has projected the surplus will grow to $300 million by the end of the fiscal year. You can read more about West Virginia's revenue collections
Delegates Carl "Robbie" Martin (R-Upshur), Patrick Martin (R-Lewis), and Caleb Hanna (R-Webster) are behind the legislation.
Hanna appeared on "Fox and Friends" Tuesday morning to publicly announce the plans.
“I believe in President Trump and the wall,” Delegate Hanna said. “For me, this is no different than sending our National Guard to the border or overseas to protect U.S. interests. We, as a state, have resources available to help make America more secure, and I believe West Virginians would want those resources used to make us more safe.”
One of the motivators for the bill, according to the delegates, is the "rampant drug problem." According to a press release from the West Virginia House of Delegates, the delegates say the drug epidemic in West Virginia is largely fueled by drug trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We have been in contact with multiple law enforcement officers and judges about the drug epidemic, and every single one has told us 90 percent of the drugs coming to our state are coming in from Mexico,” said Delegate Carl Martin.
The delegates are drafting a proposal. They did not announce a specific date they plan to officially introduce the legislation.
“This is about our children and our future, and we must do everything in our power to protect them,” said Delegate Patrick Martin. “Since the D.C. liberals won’t act on this, we will. And I hope West Virginia serves as an example to other states that it’s time to stand up against inaction in Washington and band together to do what’s right.”
“West Virginians support our President and the wall,” said Delegate Carl Martin. “They’re sick of seeing Washington politicians sit on their hands while drugs and criminals pour over our border. It’s time for the states to stand up and do what they can to support our President in his fight to protect innocent Americans.”