Faced with a conservative revolt and a change of heart from an unpredictable president, House GOP leaders on Thursday altered course and will try to ram through a government spending bill that includes $5.7 billion for the border wall. The new funding package would add two things to the stopgap measure that cleared the Senate by voice vote Wednesday night: $5.7 billion for President Trump’s wall on the Mexican border and $8.7 billion in emergency disaster aid for wildfires, hurricane damage and flooding. With roughly 390 voting members, it will require roughly 195 GOP votes to pass the new funding package.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.