Their plea certainly makes sense, as they want to avoid disruptions in weapons purchases, new program starts and a host of other Pentagon operations.
I think everyone -- or anyone who has a realistic world view, anyway -- would agree that our defense is a priority.
But after several years of bickering and posturing, two words still divide policy-makers neatly along party lines -- The Wall.
The reason? Because
Fortunately, Somerset's Congressman
The bill, which now moves on to
"This bill continues critical funding for our
So lawmakers have eight weeks to get the job done -- and it seems
"I don't think the American people will have much patience for the notion that
McConnell's Democratic counterpart in
"Somehow in the wake of all this, the Republican leader has been accusing
"We're simply trying to stop
I've said it before and I'll say it again -- I don't know how much a southern wall would protect us from the scourge of Mexican drugs. It certainly might help in controlling illegal immigration, which Trump has made a priority in his administration.
Love him or hate him, Trump is not the first
Certainly I think detainees along the border should be treated with compassion -- particularly the children caught between our goal of keeping America safe and their parents' goal of trying to reach the
But securing borders isn't something Trump dreamed up overnight. This isn't new policy.
And shifting money to ensure the President's vision of border security isn't an issue worth crippling our military budget over.
I know politicians need leverage to strike compromise. I get that.
But let's not dink around with the defense of our nation to do it.
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