Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a self-proclaimed “fiscal conservative,” said Wednesday that “we don’t have money to spend” for Trump’s border wall.
“I remain a fiscal conservative, even on the wall, so I’m not excited about spending $20, $30, $40 billion on a wall. I’m still a believer that we don’t have money to spend. We’re $700 billion in the hole,” Paul said on CNN.
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“And while I will vote for money for barriers, I’m not voting for $40 billion for barriers,” Paul added.
The Hill added:
A report last week detailed Trump’s plan to ask Congress for $18 billion to fund a wall along the border. A wall was among his signature campaign promises.
The Trump administration is seeking $33 billion in total to increase southern border security, with the remaining $15 billion going to fund technology, personnel and other improvements.
Another $8.5 billion over seven years would be used to pay for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents.
Paul said Wednesday he supports having barriers in certain locations along the border, but that the price tag of those barriers should be debated. He also advocated for using technology to improve border security, which he argued is a cheaper alternative.
“The barriers, I think we need to look at the cost of them. The people advocating for it are forgetting they’re fiscally conservative and are just giving enormous numbers,” Paul added.
Paul voted for the GOP tax bill, which will add more than $1.4 trillion to the federal deficit over 10 years, according to the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation.
During the campaign, Trump promised his supporters that “Mexico will pay for the wall!”