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FILE - This Feb. 22, 2014, file photo shows Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, being escorted to a helicopter in Mexico City following his capture overnight in the beach resort town of Mazatlan. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

Ted Cruz is actually pushing a bill to make El Chapo pay for the border wall


Cruz touted his legislation in a tweet. The bill was introduced Tuesday.

Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe ...
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If the act was signed into law and acted on, it's still not clear if El Chapo's fortune would pay for the wall. Trump said in September 2015 he could get the wall built for $4 billion, but congressional staffers most recently estimated its cost at $66.9 billion.

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The border wall has been a hot topic in the ongoing congressional budget talks.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks about President Donald Trump's budget proposal for the coming fiscal year during daily press briefing at the White House, in Washington, Thursday, March 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump has insisted the wall will be built, but White House budget director Mick Mulvaney confirmed to CNN on Tuesday that funding for the wall wasn't a dealbreaker for this round of talks.

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