House passes $790 billion national security bill, including $1.6 billion for border wall

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July 28, 2017

Border wallThe House on Thursday passed a $790 billion spending package for fiscal year 2018 that funds the military and other security-focused departments, as well as a portion of the financing needed to complete 74 miles of a wall along the southwestern border.

The legislation garnered opposition from Democrats who opposed domestic spending cuts made in the bill as well as the $1.6 billion added for building the border wall, which was a top campaign promise made by President Trump.

The bill includes funding for the nation’s defense, homeland security, energy, and water as well as military construction and veterans’ affairs. It passed 235-192.

The legislation includes four of the 12 appropriations measures that would fund the federal government next year, and passed as House lawmakers anticipated departing for a five-week recess.

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