The “bipartisan conference” has laboured mightily and brought forth the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019” [PDF], “Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes”. It is—wait for it—one thousand, one hundred and fifty-nine pages long. As Byron York notes, congressreptiles will have only 40 hours to try to figure out what’s in it before voting on it.
“The wall”, such as it is, is on page 33 (Sec. 230), with a total of US$ $2,370,222,000, or which US$ “1,375,000,000 is for the construction of primary pedestrian fencing, including levee pedestrian fencing, in the Rio Grande Valley Sector”. Sec. 231, immediately following, lists specific places in which no fencing will be built.... [Read More]