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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Congressman Jim Banks (R-3) says the “process is broken” when it comes to the stalemate in the U.S. Senate over a spending bill and President Trump’s request for funding to build a border wall with Mexico.

“Republicans have frankly failed [President Trump&#93 the last couple of years by not giving him more funding at the wall,” says Rep. Banks in an interview Thursday morning on 93 WIBC.

“This is our last chance [to get this passed&#93.  Nancy Pelosi takes over the Congress [and&#93 that will make it even harder to get this particular campaign promise accomplished,” says Congressman Banks.

Banks says he stands behind President Trump and his demand for $5 billion dollars in funding to build the wall.

“That’s what this President does.  He’s bold, he’s keeping his campaign promises, and in this case, when it comes to building a wall, boosting border security, he’s done exactly that,” Rep. Banks says.

Banks also says Trump’s recent trip to Iraq will help the President have a better understanding of what U.S. troops and their commanders are facing in the war against ISIS and other terror groups.

“I imagine that [President Trump&#93 learned and saw things that he hadn’t seen before, which is good for him as Commander-in-Chief,” says Banks.

In November, Congressman Banks called on President Trump to visit Afghanistan after Banks made his own visit as part of a Congressional delegation.  After his return, Rep. Banks called the situation in Afghanistan “worse than [he&#93 thought.”

Banks served in Afghanistan as an officer in the Navy Reserve in 2014 and 2015.


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