South Dakota senators have passed a resolution urging construction of a steel barrier at the southern border as the government shutdown drags on.
The Republican-dominated chamber voted 28-5 Thursday for the measure. Republican Sen. Stace Nelson, the main sponsor, says South Dakota has a chance to be part of the national discussion over President Donald Trump’s border wall.
Democratic Sen. Craig Kennedy, an opponent, called the measure “pure politics.” The measure is symbolic.
Trump and congressional Democrats have been at an impasse over funding for the proposed wall, which has led to a partial government shutdown now in its 20th day.
Montana’s Senate president is proposing the state give more than $8 million to help build President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border.
At least one other state, South Dakota, is considering voicing support for Trump’s wall. But Montana, which last year faced a massive budget shortfall, appears to be the first to propose spending its own money on the project.
Scott Sales, a Republican, says his proposal is a “small token” to show border security “is of vital interest to all citizens regardless of what state they live in.”
House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner, a Democrat, says he’d like to see Sales focus on building Montana’s infrastructure.
Trump headed to the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday amid a government shutdown over the $5.7 billion he’s seeking for the wall.