December 23, 2018
In a viral video of Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon standing in front of the White House, the newly-elected Pennsylvania democrat lists all of the things we could pay for instead of funding the border wall.
This week the government entered a partial shutdown with no end in sight as lawmakers go home for the holidays. The shutdown comes over the impasse in Congress over President Trump's request for $5 billion to fund the border wall with Mexico.
The White House has allegedly scaled back its request, but there's no official word on what that might be, according to USA Today.
In her video that has now gone viral on social media with more than 60,000 retweets, the 7th district representative lists off other funding projects that could use that kind of money.
Here's her complete list:
Here's the video.
I have a bunch of ideas for how to spend $5 BILLION and a wall aint one. pic.twitter.com/WwBSV8MzXY— Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (@RepMGS) December 21, 2018
She wraps it up with this: "And to really bring it home for those of us who live in southeastern Pennsylvania, $5 billion would cover the cost of repairs for all of Philly’s public schools or $5 billion would cover the backlog of repairs for SEPTA."
"So, let's think about that," she says. "What are our priorities?"