Tuesday's HOT MIC
Will a notorious Mexican drug lord foot the bill for Trump's wall? Sounds like a good idea to me.
This could solve the gridlock in Congress, where Democrats are threatening to shut down the government over funding for the wall.
"Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border," Cruz declared in a statement announcing the bill. "By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and his ilk, we can offset the wall's cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump's stated border security objectives."
The bill is called the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act. It would reserve "any illegally obtained profits resulting from the large-scale, criminal drug trafficking enterprise led by" El Chapo "for the completion of a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico for the purpose of stemming the flow of illegal narcotics into the United States and furthering the Nation's security."
The bill comes as Congress is nearing a Friday deadline to fund the government. Democrats have threatened to force a government shutdown if any bill to fund the government includes money to build the wall. Trump has signaled a willingness to drop wall funding if necessary, NBC News reported.
But will $14 billion be enough?