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Rep. Cuellar Says The Emergency Budget Due Friday Will Not Have Border Wall Funding

U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar represents Texas' 28th Congressional District.
Shelley D. Kofler
Texas Public Radio
Rep. Henry Cuellar, (D) Laredo, says there's bipartisan support in the U.S. House to exclude funding for a border wall in the 2017 emergency budget.

The deadline is Friday for Congress and the President to approve a 2017 emergency budget, or the federal government will shut down.  A key issue: whether President Trump makes good on a promise to reject a budget that doesn’t include funding for a border wall.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, sits on the House Committee on Appropriations which oversees the Federal budget.  The people in his district live on land where the wall would be built.  Rep. Cuellar told Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler there is bipartisan support for not funding a wall in this year’s budget, though there may be new money for border security.

Shelley Kofler is Texas Public Radio’s news director. She joined the San Antonio station in December 2014 and leads a growing staff that produces two weekly programs; a daily talk show, news features, reports and online content. Prior to TPR, Shelley served as the managing editor and news director at KERA in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.