Opinion: $5.7 billion for the wall is a small price to pay for nation's security

(Sinclair Broadcast Group)

2019 has begun, the 116th Congress has been sworn in, and political gridlock is dominating the news as the federal government remains shut down.

The sticking in point in negotiations between Democrat leadership and President Trump is funding for the wall on our southern border between the United States and Mexico.

The administration is asking for approximately $5 billion in funding for the border wall, while Democrats at one point in negotiations did offer $1.6 billion to go towards border security.

The $5 billion total that the administration is requesting for the wall is only about .1 percent of the anticipated total 2019 federal budget spending of roughly 4.5 trillion dollars.

For reference, the food stamp program, which can absolutely be trimmed down by instituting a work or educational requirement, costs our government about the same in one month—five and a half billion dollars—as the amount that President Trump is requesting for the border wall for the entire year.

This proves that there are plenty of ways to fund the wall.

Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, who refuse to come to the negotiating table and acquiesce on the approximately .1 percent of spending in order to score political points, own this government shutdown.

The Democrats believe that demonizing the president, and other advocates for tougher border security will win them votes.

I expect that 2020 will prove the Democrats wrong.

Here’s the bottom line: This partisan bickering is silly. President Trump is doing the right thing by sticking to his guns and waiting for Democrats to come to their senses and act to protect our country.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

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