Former Town Council President Clyde Younger wants to make sure that Watertown taxpayers, and all Americans, are not left on the hook for paying for a wall along the border with Mexico. He proposed a resolution requiring President Donald Trump to commit half a billion dollars of his own money toward getting the project started.
Younger brought his resolution to the Town Council Tuesday night. He noted that the national debt is projected to grow by trillions of dollars over the next decade, and that there are less costly alternatives to protecting the United States’ southern border.
While he proposes that the President use some of his own money, Younger’s resolution to the U.S. Congressional Budget Committee adds that the money would be matched by taxpayers money, with a condition. Before it is spent, the resolution says Mexico must agree to reimburse the first $1 billion and agree to pay for the rest of the wall.
Younger asked the Town Council consider supporting the resolution, and asked for it to be referred to the Council’s Committee on State, Federal and Regional Government, or whichever committee is appropriate.
The draft resolution reads as follows:
Resolution Petition to the U.S. Congressional Budget Committee
Whereas, President Donald J. Trump, Sr., has mandated an $18 billion wall be erected along the southern border of the United States with Mexico paying for the wall;
Whereas, the leaders of Mexico have made it clear that they will not pay for the wall; and new, less expensive, effective and efficient technology is available to protect the southern border of the United States;
Whereas, the national debt is projected to increase by $10 trillion over the next 10 years;
Therefore, we the undersigned taxpayers and voters of the City known as the Town of Watertown do hereby petition the United States Congressional Budget Committee to place an amendment on any southern border wall expenditure project by requiring that it be a private/public funding project.
Be it resolved that giving the mounting United States debt, it is further stipulated that President Trump place the first $500 million from his personal monies into the Treasury and the United States taxpayers will match the $500 million. Thus, $1 billion will be available with the proviso that Mexico reimburses the first $1 billion and commits to any and all future expenditures prior to commencement of building of the wall that can be named after President Donald J. Trump.
Be it further resolved that the monies cannot emanate from the Trump Foundation or any other political action committee funds.