Bill Introduced to Reimburse Texas $4 Billion for the Border

(VitalNews.org) – A GOP lawmaker introduced a bill that would reimburse Texas $4 billion to repay them for the expenses they paid when it came to securing the Southern Border.

Introduced on Thursday by Roger Williams, a Texas Republican Representative, the bill goes by the name the Operation Lone Star Reimbursement Act. According to the bill, it would repay the state of Texas $3,726,400,000 which is the total amount of money that Texas spent from 2020 to 2023 in order to secure the border.

According to the bill, “The Federal Government is primarily responsible for securing the borders of the United States at and between ports of entry…Due to the lack of action by the Federal Government, the State of Texas has been forced to continually appropriate funds to secure the southern border of the United States.’

In the Bill, it was also noted that Texas has been doing a lot to secure the border and they also said that through their diligent efforts to fight human, sex, drug, and weapons trafficking by securing the border, it has protected many Americans.

Texas, to secure the border, spent about $800,000,000 in 2020 and 2021, then they spent more than $2,926,400,000 in 2022 and 2023, bringing them to this $4 billion number that they’ll be receiving as reimbursement. According to the bill Texas, in order to secure the border from 2024 to 2025, is planning on spending an additional $4,600,000,000.

The bill asks the state of Texas to send an application stating the full amount of money spent in the past 4 years to Homeland Security and the Treasury Department. This would prompt their reimbursement

If the bill is signed into law, then the Treasury has 60 days to pay Texas the full amount mentioned in the application once filed and accepted.

Texas has been trying to secure the border since 2020 claiming that President Biden and the administration have not done their part in keeping it secure.

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