CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) - Several West Virginia lawmakers have introduced a bill that would divert $10 million from the state’s current nearly $200 million surplus to help President Donald Trump build a wall along the southern U.S. border.
Delegates Carl “Robbie” Martin, R-Upshur, Patrick Martin, R-Lewis, and Caleb Hanna, R-Webster, introduced the measure Tuesday, according to a news release from the House of Delegates.
Hanna announced the plan publicly during a Tuesday morning appearance on “Fox and Friends.”
“I believe in President Trump and the wall,” Hanna said in the release. “For me, this is no different than sending our National Guard to the border or overseas to protect U.S. interests. We, as a state, have resources available to help make America more secure, and I believe West Virginians would want those resources used to make us more safe.”
The delegates said one of the most pressing issues facing West Virginia right now is the rampant drug problem – a problem fueled in large part by the trafficking of highly potent, illicit drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border.
The news release said the delegates’ proposal is currently being drafted and should be formally introduced in the Legislature in the coming days.
Controversy over Trump’s plan to build a wall at a cost of $5 billion has prompted a stalemate in Washington between Republicans and Democrats over the budget. The partial government shutdown is now its 25th day.
A GoFundMe site was created in an attempt to raise $1 billion to help build the wall, but refunds of the $20 million that was raised were promised by the founder when donations fell short of the goal.