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In this July 25, 2017, photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republican allies of President Donald Trump are intent on giving him a long-sought victory in Congress by finally making a down payment on his long-promised wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. They just don’t want to risk an up-or-down vote on the idea that might risk an embarrassing loss on the House floor. “This week, we're going to take action on key elements of the president's strategy to secure our borders, including the resources for a physical barrier,” Ryan said on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The House approved a spending bill with funds for Trump’s border wall


The House on Thursday voted 235-192 in favor of approving a $827 billion spending package largely focused on national security.

The new bill includes $1.6 billion to begin constructing President Trump’s long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to The Hill.

The $1.6 billion will reportedly be used for a limited span of barriers in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas and San Diego, CA.

The end result would purportedly be 32 miles on new fencing and 28 miles of new levee wall in the Rio Grande Valley, and 14 miles of secondary fencing in San Diego.

Some Twitter users on Thursday criticized the border wall, which will reportedly be paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

Other people on the social media platform voiced optimism about the structure, which Trump repeatedly promised to create during his 2016 election campaign.

House Republican leaders reportedly used a procedural move to unilaterally add the $1.6 billion for the wall to the spending package without a standalone up-or-down vote about it.

The tactic prevented what might have been a difficult vote on the proposed barrier for GOP lawmakers.

Trump has repeatedly pledged that Mexico will fund the border wall, a vow the Mexican government has steadfastly rejected.

Trump has argued that the structure will help prevent illegal immigration, drug trafficking and violent crime from reaching America through its southern border.

The spending bill also purportedly includes a $68 billion increase for the Department of Defense (DOD) and $3.9 billion more for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The package additionally boasts $29 million in increase spending for the Capitol Police, following last month’s shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA.

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