USA TODAY reached out to 534 members of Congress, in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. Here’s how they broke out on President Trump’s border wall.
More Republicans would prefer not to answer whether or not they support a $1.6 billion down payment on President Trump’s border wall than say they support it, according to a new survey released by USA TODAY on Wednesday.
For both Senate and House Republicans, a plurality of those who responded to USA TODAY declined to answer a direct question on the $1.6 billion payment passed by the House to build the wall. This suggests lukewarm support at best.
Here’s the breakdown, by chamber and party.
- Senate Republicans: 7 support, 1 opposes, 20 declined to answer
- House Republicans: 62 support, 2 oppose, 79 declined to answer
Democrats were much more comfortable answering, with not a single Senate or House Democrat in support of the payment and a plurality who answered saying they oppose it.
- Senate Democrats: 28 oppose, 7 declined to answer
- House Democrats: 105 oppose, 50 declined to answer
The Democrat most supportive of border security, according to USA TODAY? Perhaps vulnerable Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), who’s up for re-election in a state Trump won by 19 points in 2016.
Donnelly told USA TODAY:
“We need a border security strategy that includes the infrastructure, technology, equipment, and personnel necessary to secure our borders,” Donnelly said. “We also need to require employers to use the E-Verify system to ensure that they hire only legal workers. I supported each of these concepts in the Senate-passed comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform several years ago.
Does this signal trouble for the billions more President Trump needs to build his wall?
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