House Republicans this week introduced legislation that would let the U.S. use money and property seized at the border from drug cartels to pay for a southern border wall.
The bill, from Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., could help reduce Democratic opposition to a border wall. Democrats in the House and Senate have opposed new federal funding for the wall in part because Trump promised during the 2016 campaign that Mexico would pay for it.
"This commonsense legislation will provide the necessary funding to completely secure our southern border and cut off the flow of gang members and drugs into our country," Sensenbrenner said. "Best of all, this can be done with minimal cost to the American taxpayer."
"This bill would break through the stalemate of funding for border security, thereby providing a path to reopen the government," he added. "Congress should consider this legislation immediately so we can return to other important legislative business."
GOP Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Phil Roe of Tennessee, Rob Bishop of Utah, Bob Gibbs or Ohio, and Jody Hice of Georgia cosponsored the bill.
It was introduced as both parties have been scrambling to come up with some agreement on border wall funding. The lack of a deal has prevented Congress from funding nine federal agencies, in a shutdown that has lasted nearly three weeks.