Eric Pianin, Rob Garver, The Fiscal Times
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The Border Wall. Even more than his vow to repeal Obamacare, Trump campaigned on the promise to erect a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to keep out undocumented immigrants. Now, with that project facing a sticker price that could top $25 billion, Trump is going to have to find a way to shoehorn that appropriation into Congressional spending bills as well.
And while the wall plays very well in some places far from the actual border, it is surprisingly unpopular among many people who actually live near where the proposed barrier would be installed. That price tag is going to look a lot more forbidding when people point out that it could fund other things -- like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting or the State Department’s public diplomacy efforts -- for decades. ...