President Donald Trump’s wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is going forward as expected.
Companies are currently working on government-financed bids to get the Wall contract, according to The Associated Press:
“One potential bidder on President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico wanted to know if authorities would rush to help if workers came under “hostile attack.” Another asked if employees can carry firearms in states with strict gun control laws and if the government would indemnify them for using deadly force.
With bids due Tuesday on the first design contracts, interested companies are preparing for the worst if they get the potentially lucrative job.
A U.S. official with knowledge of the plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details haven’t been made public said four to 10 bidders are expected to be chosen to build prototypes.
They will be constructed on a roughly quarter-mile (400-meter) strip of federally owned land in San Diego within 120 feet (37 meters) of the border, though a final decision has not been made on the precise spot, the official said. The government anticipates spending $200,000 to $500,000 on each prototype.”
Spending for the Wall is subject to Congress, but even if talks break down with Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the Democrats, the Trump administration can still do business with private contractors to construct it. The president has already given the executive order for the border wall, meaning that legally it must go forth. McConnell and Ryan might try to play hardball with the purse strings.