Nancy Pelosi Says No Funding for 'Immoral' Border Wall

Susan Jones | December 6, 2018 | 12:06pm EST
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks to reporters on Thursday, Dec. 6. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - "Would you be willing to support some degree of wall funding if you got a permanent, bona fide solution on DACA?" a reporter asked House Minority Leader -- soon to be House Speaker -- Nancy Pelosi on Thursday.

"No," the California Democrat replied. "Because they're two different subjects."

She called President Trump's long-promised border wall "immoral, ineffective, expensive."

Funding for the Homeland Security Department expires tomorrow, but Pelosi noted that it will be extended for two weeks.

And within those two weeks, she said she expects Congress to pass all the remaining appropriations bills except for the one funding the Homeland Security Department.

"I think what we can do that makes sense is to pass the (remaining) six (appropriations) bills where the members of the Appropriations Committee have come to terms...And then have a CR only for Homeland Security as we go forward. And that's pretty much what our position is now."

Pelosi later clarified that she is looking for a full-year continuing resolution (CR) to fund just the Homeland Security Department.

"Even if you have a CR for a full year, it doesn't mean that at some point, if you come to another conclusion, you can pass a bill," she said.

A continuing resolution for the Homeland Security Department would keep next year's funding at current-year levels, meaning $1.3 billion would be allotted for border security.

But Pelosi said the money would not be spent on the kind of wall Trump envisions.

"It's about border security," she said, which doesn't necessarily mean a wall.

"Most of us, speaking for myself, consider the wall immoral, ineffective, expensive," Pelosi said. "And the president said he'd promise, he also promised Mexico would pay for it. So, even if they did, it's immoral still, and they're not going to pay for it. So that isn't how I would interpret a continuing resolution.

"We can move forward with this. We have a responsibility, all of us, to secure our borders -- north, south, and coming in by plane on our coast -- three coasts, north south and west -- and that's a responsibility we honor. But we do so by honoring our values as well."

Democrat leaders, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), have said the most they'll appropriate for border security is $1.6 billion, far below the president's $5 billion request.

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