Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday promised the American people that Republicans will deliver full funding for President Donald Trump's planned border wall, a move that comes just a day after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a Breitbart News exclusive announced the rollout of a new bill to do just that.
"We are committed to helping the president get wall funding," McConnell said at an Associated Press event on Wednesday morning, per press reports.
McConnell's push for the wall comes in the wake of his successful effort alongside Senate Republicans to confirm now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over the past several months amid a nasty smear campaign of uncorroborated allegations furthered by Senate Democrats and leftists in media.
For the Kavanaugh effort, McConnell has been lauded by the GOP base-and President Trump has rallied to his side. Now, though, McConnell appears to be going for more-as he sets his sights on the border wall completion as other GOP leaders are doing the same on the other side of Capitol Hill.
McConnell also said that the lame duck session of Congress, when the current Congress meets in November and December after the midterm elections but before the new Congress is seated in January 2019, will likely be "relatively lively."
McConnell's pledge on the wall comes just a day after McCarthy broke the news on Breitbart News that the House Majority Leader will be introducing a bill that fully funds the remaining slightly more than $24 billion for the rest of the border wall-along with other enforcement and security measures, with no amnesty or visa matters contained in his forthcoming bill. McCarthy is touring the U.S. border with Mexico on Wednesday, and meeting with Border Patrol agents to receive a threat assessment briefing on the security situation there.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has also hinted at a post-election border wall fight, and all of these signs together suggest that the wall is about to become front and center again walking into the midterm elections as a contentious battle with Democrats brews:
December border wall fight is going to be intense.
McConnell today on AP Newsmakers says it will be "a relatively lively" lame duck
Paul Ryan yesterday said border wall will be a "big fight."
- Jennifer Haberkorn (@jenhab) October 10, 2018
Republicans likely currently have the votes in the House to fully fund the wall, but in the Senate exists a darker picture as the GOP only clings to a slim 51-49 majority-meaning Democrats have 49 votes, and Republicans only have 51, but to clear critical vote hurdles in the Senate the GOP would need to muster 60 votes.
Given the way the midterm elections are shaping up given recent polling and the makeup of the Senate map in November, Republicans could get to as many as 57 or more seats in their majority making it much easier to roll a handful of Senate Democrats and get to the 60 vote threshold without a rules change that McConnell has opposed doing so far. As such, as Breitbart News reported, if Republicans do hold their House majority and add a number of seats to their Senate majority, they will likely be able to deliver the wall in early 2019 if they are not able to clear the 60 vote threshold in late 2018 in the lame duck.