Democrats push “smart wall” plan

Posted at 8:00 PM, Jan 23, 2019

House Democrats are offering a new proposal to end the ongoing government shutdown — the same $5.7 billion President Donald Trump wants for a border wall, but not the physical wall the president has demanded.

Instead, the money would be earmarked for high-tech border security measures.

“If his $5.7 billion is about border security, then we see ourselves fulfilling that request, only doing it with what I like to call using a “smart wall’,” said South Carolina’s Rep. James Clyburn.

Republicans complain that’s no compromise.

The offer comes as the Senate plans to vote Thursday on the president’s plan, as well as a Democrat bill that would reopen the government temporarily while border security talks take place.