House Republicans proposed legislation that would allow the Trump Administration to use the billions of dollars seized from Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to pay for the wall along the southern border.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) introduced the bill that would use up to $14 billion seized from Guzman to fund the wall after Democrats refused to negotiate with the President in order to finance the border project and reopen the federal government.
“The EL CHAPO Act kills two birds with one stone,” the Congressman said. “On the one hand, it shifts drug and blood money to border security and a border wall, thus helping to save the lives of thousands of Americans who die each year at the hands of illegal aliens or because of America’s porous southern border.”
He continued, “As a bonus, the passage of the EL CHAPO Act ends the battle over the government shutdown.”
Brooks’ bill is the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Prove Order Act, or the EL CHAPO Act. Brooks’ bill is a House companion to legislation introduced in the Senate by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Cruz and Brooks introduced their legislation in the last Congress, but it never moved in the House or Senate. This time around, Brooks’ bill has 15 Republican cosponsors.