President Donald Trump has openly considered the idea of using emergency funds to fund a Southern border wall. And now, one of his key allies on Capitol Hill has become the most prominent figure yet to back the idea.
In a statement released by his office, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went public with his support for Trump to use emergency powers to fund the wall.
“It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier,” Graham said in the statement (via Bloomberg’s Sahil Kapur).
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 10, 2019
This new position from Graham comes hours after the absolutely crestfallen South Carolina senator told reporters on the Hill that he was “depressed” about the lack of progress on the shutdown negotiations.
MORE: Earlier this afternoon, Graham had expressed frustration over the continued shutdown, saying he didn't "see a pathway forward."
— ABC News (@ABC) January 10, 2019
“I think we’re stuck,” Graham told reporters. “I just don’t see a pathway forward. I don’t see a way forward. I have never been more depressed about moving forward than I am right now. I just don’t see a pathway forward.”
Graham’s declaration separates him from many others — including Congressional Republicans — who have steadfastly opposed the idea of using emergency funds for a wall.
Watch above, via ABC.
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