Florida Purple Heart Veteran Solves “Building A Wall” Issue By GoFundMe Campaign
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Solution to government shutdown is potentially being offered by a Florida man: A 37-year old Florida purple heart veteran, Brian Kolfage, has started a GoFundMe campaign for building the wall at the U.S-Mexico border. He said, “it’s up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling…if the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall.” This GoFundMe campaign page was created on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, with a $1 billion goal (one fifth of what President Trump has been unsuccessfully demanding from Congress), and has raised more than $12. million (from more than 174,000 people) by Friday afternoon. He has contacted Trump and a legal firm to ensure that the government would only be able to use the raised money for the sole purpose of wall-building.
Late on Wednesday, the Senate approved a stopgap spending measure that will keep the government open until February without President’s requested $5 billion for the wall. The Senate has approved legislation to temporarily fund the government and avoid a federal shutdown over President Trump’s border wall. Senate passed the measure on voice vote without a roll call, and the measure now goes to the House. Congress will face a Friday deadline when funding for part of the federal government expires. Trump has not yet said he will support the measure, but the White House says he will take a look. The measure does not provide $5 billion Trump demanded for the wall, but it does fund border security and other agencies at current level through February 8, 2019. If without resolution, more than 800,000 federal employees could be furloughed or work without pay days before Christmas.
Perhaps Kolfage’s GoFundMe campaign will help to convince Trump to approve the measure. Perhaps Kolfage’s GoFundMe page campaign will truly be able to build the wall by the American people and for the American people, without coercion.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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