President Trump Can Build the Wall Without Congress, Here’s How

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USA Today published a report of how the President can fund the border wall without congressional approval, and there is a precedent for it. Other Presidents have done it. According to the author, the border wall will be built only if Donald Trump uses executive power to do it. He has the funds available and the authority to build the wall.

The President put out a call to federal agencies last week, asking them to look for money to build the wall. Sen. John Thune immediately shot down the idea, saying he doesn’t like moving money around. But the fact is the President has the authority to use executive branch funds without congressional approval, the author states.

The article by Brett M. Decker, an assistant professor of business at Defiance College notes truthfully that the only way the wall gets built is if the President does it by executive order.

He gave a couple examples of how to do this, here’s one:

The Department of Agriculture has about $200 billion in outstanding loans for rural development projects such as community buildings, bridges, roads, fire stations, police stations, water projects and barriers such as fencing and walls. These federal loans to local communities have low default rates that are attractive to private-sector investors because they represent large, reliable cash flows — the kind of investments that big money funds desperately desire.

About $50-100 billion worth currently held by USDA are very marketable and attractive commercial paper investments. The rights to collect the remainder of the debt on these loans could be sold to private parties who would pay a premium for such a steady stream of cash payments. The sales would give a profit cushion to the government and alleviate taxpayers from any future risk of nonpayment while retaining certain borrower guarantees.

For example, Trump could authorize the sale of $10 billion of USDA rural water loans on the secondary market, which could bring in a lump sum payment of $12 billion or more. Revenue from these proceeds could be directed to build the border wall.

Legal authority is clear

Legal authority comes from many angles. Obama stimulus loans (approximately $2-$5 billion) could be separated out and used because they involved “no year” money, meaning the funds don’t expire if not spent in a certain time frame. The president could tap into USDA’s Community Facilities Programs money if recouped funds from the sale were used for new loans to cooperating communities on the border, such as in Texas.

New York Democrats/Socialists are demanding $11 billion for an additional train tunnel to serve Manhattan, but they are outraged that President Trump isn’t immediately writing a check. These are the same people who refuse to even consider $5 billion to begin to secure the U.S. border. One of their excuses is it will cost too much for a wall.

The President has to either sell this to the American public or take the funds from elsewhere. The open borders Democrats take over the House in January and they will not provide the money for the wall. There is no negotiating or compromise with the totalitarians.


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5 COMMENTS

  1. Yep, Congress, including leaders of both parties, approved the Wall over a decade ago. However, they didn’t include funding…

    Yes, most of the geriatrics DINOsaurs and RINOsaurs in Congress today voted for the Wall a decade ago… This could be exhibit A for why we should have term limits for Congress… Too much crony politics, not enough getting stuff done…

    Even better would be Trump exempting the Wall from prevailing wage rules since it’s not Congressionally funded. If the DINOsaurs and RINOsaurs want prevailing wagers to build the wall, FUND IT…

    • They voted for building the wall and didn’t provide funds for it, because they knew it would never be built under another president. All of those who voted for the wall years ago didn’t want a wall then, either. They were just posturing, wanted to be on record for favoring a wall. It’s easy to vote for something you don’t want if you know it will never happen. Along comes Trump, who they know will build the wall, and now they’re against it.

  2. Trump needs to pull the trigger on the wall. At least he did not compromise this time, did not let Ryan embarrass him again. Trump seems to lack the courage to act on his own.

    • I agree he needs to pull the trigger and it’s great that he has not compromised on the wall. As for Trump lacking courage, I don’t think that’s the problem. As the CEO running many companies, he has acted on his own for decades, and I think he has a clear vision of what our country needs and is ready — often at 3 in the morning, I hear — to act on his vision. For all of Trump’s braggadocio and outward toughness, I think he’s a pretty nice guy who has plenty of courage, but wants to try courtesy first in any of his endeavors.
      Donald Trump is used to working with other businessmen who have the same goals as he does: build quality, build it quick for less money, and turn a good profit. To this end, businessmen (and women) all deal much of the time on a handshake first, backed up by paper that reflects what was agreed upon with that handshake, and they’re all good to go. As a non-politician, Trump went to DC naively thinking that he could interact with the scumbags there in the same way. He expected they would have similar goals to his, for sure those in the GOP. He found them to be less focused on what he wants (which is what we want), but instead focused on how they could personally benefit from the issue at hand using connections that they have. Trump spent his first two years in office trying to be diplomatic, thinking if he could build personal relationships with them — become buds — , he could win them over and they would become less greedy and less self-focused. I think he has finally come to admit to himself that politicians are a completely different breed that he cannot trust. They constantly go off the rails into areas of personal benefit. While he sees his goals as simple and common sense, he has found out that the scumbags don’t, that they put themselves before us and before our country. I mean, we all know why Schumer and Nancy and all the others don’t want a wall. On top of all this, Trump is very aware of being accused of being a “dictator” simply because he analyzes a situation, makes a decision and gets a job done — kinda like a CEO. So, he tries very hard to not look like a dictator, which may cause him to look as though he lacks courage. But he has found out that the only thing that works on these scumbag politicians is a bulldozer. He is figuring out, he might as well go in like a bull in a china closet and git’er done, because whether he uses that tactic or not, the accusations and criticisms from them and the media won’t stop. He’s the toughest guy DC has ever seen and likely will ever see again. I just hope he hangs in there for us.

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