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Reps. Roybal-Allard & Lowey Issue Statement on Cost of Border Wall

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Washington, February 10, 2017 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, and Nita Lowey (NY-17), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding reports of an internal DHS cost estimate of $21.6 billion to construct a 2,000 mile wall on the southern border:

“$21.6 billion would be enough money to extend the Pell program year-round, benefiting career-focused students in accelerating their degree completion and getting on the job, with enough left over to train 2 million Americans for careers in high skill industries.  It would be enough for a massive infusion to protect public and private cyber networks from malicious attacks, and help local law enforcement agencies keep communities safe.

“Spending this amount of money on a border wall that has not undergone exhaustive review and analysis would be a tragic misallocation of resources and a clear example of the majority’s misplaced priorities.”

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