White House budget director Mick Mulvaney just made a staggering observation about the progress of the border wall. He shared that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s deal on the wall was only an “authorization” of the wall and not actually any “appropriation” of the money.
Mulvaney explained, “The president is absolutely interested and wants to get DACA fixed but what with you’ve just read really bears a close read which is what the Senate minority leader said was to authorize $20 billion. I know it’s getting real deep down in the weeds. You can authorize left and right but it’s appropriating the money that makes the difference. He wants to authorize the wall to be built but doesn’t want to spend the money to get it built. There was money authorized in 2006 that Mr. Schumer voted for for a wall that still hasn’t been built because that money hasn’t been spent.”