Should the Treasury Secretary be allowed to accept and use public donations toward the construction of a border wall?

• Current law states that “gifts may not be accepted, used, or disposed of unless specifically permitted" by Congress.” According to USA Today, “Much of the policy is wrapped around ethical concerns and aims to halt outside money from swaying the agency's decisions.”
• “Obviously, we can’t let citizens raise money and say, ‘The government will spend my money on this purpose.’” - Rep. Bob Goodlatte (Republican VA-6)
• “The American people have already donated over $18 MILLION to fund the border security wall. We need to pass [this] bill.... It would allow the Treasury to use this money to secure our border.” - Rep. Jim Jordan (Republican OH-4)
• “Open border radicals make our country less safe for families everywhere. In 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized 2,379 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin - drugs that would otherwise have made their way to Ohio streets for sale. This bill creates a way for our citizens to pitch in and help efforts to secure the border, support President Trump's commitment to build the wall, and keep future generations safe.” - Rep. Warren Davidson (Republican OH-8)
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