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.
The wall is stupid. POTUS said border crossings down 75%. Enforce existing laws inc expired visas & use this $ somewhere else. Medicaid.— Bridget (@tufchik) July 28, 2017
Imagine all the infrastructure projects that could be done with money you voted to waste on border wall. Cuomo's light bulbs hardly compare— Brian (@Brianbr13) July 28, 2017
Other people on the social media platform voiced optimism about the structure, which Trump repeatedly promised to create during his 2016 election campaign.
Didn't Obama, Bush, and Clinton all agree we needed to upgrade our border security? What does a wall hurt? Don't worry, I'll wait....— the420bucsfan (@the420bucsfan) July 28, 2017
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.