Report: Biden hit with federal probe over order halting border wall construction

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden moved to unilaterally shut down the construction of his predecessor’s famed border wall. The Biden administration has since spent millions of dollars each day to not build the wall.

With the country facing a border crisis, that’s simply foolish. It also appears to be illegal. A federal investigation is reportedly underway into whether Biden had the authority to stop using money already allocated by Congress for the wall.

Usurping Congress’ power

According to the Washington Examiner, the investigation, which is being pursued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), comes at the request of Republicans who have lambasted Biden for ending Trump’s policies.

Biden is accused of usurping Congress’ power of the purse by failing to spend some $1.4 billion that Congress allocated for the wall in December.

“He was in the Congress a long time,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) said, according to the Examiner. “He knows it’s the Congress’ job to authorize how the money is spent and the president’s job to spend it efficiently.”

In an order that has aged rather poorly, Biden said that “the United States has a right and a duty to secure its borders and protect its people against threats,” but that building a wall is “a waste of money that diverts attention from genuine threats to our homeland security,” as Fox News reported.

Speaking of “waste,” the Biden administration is spending $6 million a day to not build the wall, a pause it calls “necessary and responsible” for “prudent management of federal funds,” the Examiner reports.

A decadent controversy

The GAO decided that Trump’s freeze on military aid to Ukraine — remember that? — was illegal, so this one should be a no-brainer. The Biden administration insists it’s different this time, though, because Biden announced the freeze by presidential proclamation. (But more importantly, Biden’s in charge, not Trump.)

Biden received some finger-wagging from a watchdog in a Politico article, but the outlet notes that he is “unlikely to face any formal punishment.”

This is, really, a decadent legal controversy. The sitting president is fighting to leave the border unguarded in the middle of an immigration crisis that he caused.

With the 60-day pause technically over, the Biden administration has not decided what to do with the money, as the Examiner notes, but it would make sense for him to spend it as allocated and protect the country.

Practically speaking, a toothless federal probe is not going to stop migrants from pouring in with Biden’s sanction. Republicans will have to find other ways of making a difference, like rejecting Biden’s proposals for amnesty. It would certainly be a start.

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9 Responses

  1. Biden should have been eligible in the 1st place as he is a felon. He needs to be removed while there is still a glimmer of hope to restore some sanity (hopefully) lefrt to restore.

  2. I wonder what would happen if 50 million US citizens showed up in the border states and removed the illegals back across to Mexico ?

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  4. It’s a total disgrace what Biden has done and then blaming all his failures on Trump. I hope he doesn’t think Americans don’t know what he and the far left are really up to by letting all the illegals in and then giving them the right to vote in our elections.

  5. Biden is so not ready to lead anything…he is filled with hatred and professes to be an active Catholic…there is no trust from 2/3
    ‘s of America and that number grows daily with all the useless mean evil decisions he makes…what a shameful man

  6. Agree with all posts! Biden is inept! Impeach him, Harris, Piglosi! Clean out the traitors in our government who are there illegally!

  7. I totally agree, Biden is not Capable of running our country it was more upsetting was the fact that the had a folder that contained all the questions and the talking points for his press conference which was in my estimation was a Cham. If he thought that he was fooling anyone it was he and the Democratic Party, because the American people were not fooled.

  8. It is time for CONGRESS,PRESIDENT BIDEN ( and all of you) to live up to the OATHS you took when taking these positions in Government. We ,THE PEOPLE are tired of having you going against what we vote for. STOP using OUR MONEY to do as you please. The money YOU GET comes from US. Yet you disregard our rights and SPEND OUR money anyway you please. You are NOT earning your pay. You are constantly giving yourselves raises and changing the LAWS governing OUR COUNTRY. You show NO LOVE for us or this country. You act like DICTATORS and WE DO NOT like it. We demand the WALL be finished NOW!! You are SERIOUSLY hurting the people trying to slip into our country ILLLEGALY– and all of us! Your lies and actions have caused death and pain to all of us. It falls on YOU! You do not care about them or us. There are people who have LEGALLY come to this country WAITING to be able to become hard working honest citizens. Help them! THIS IS OUR COUNTRY follow the LEGAL LAWS or YOU CAN LEAVE it! We will find HONEST people to lead OUR COUNTRY!
    Patricia

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