‘You would like to think that getting value for the taxpayer dollars would bring everybody to the table…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A private construction company demonstrated its efficiency to several of President Trump’s top congressional allies and military officials, showing it could install Trump’s proposed border wall much faster and for much cheaper than the administration had planned.
Fisher Industries, an Arizona-based company, installed a 56-foot installment of steel fence into the ground as the government delegation watched.
A company just pitched a bunch of Senators on building the wall along the southern border for just 3.3 billion. pic.twitter.com/aNat54QHk7
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 16, 2019
The construction company made an informal offer to the Trump administration two weeks ago, offering to install 218 miles of fencing along the southern border in 13 months for $3.3 billion.
This offer is a fraction of the $5.7 billion Trump demanded form Congress to build 234 miles of additional fencing.
Spent time with fellow lawmakers in Arizona today observing private companies demonstrate how to #BuildTheWall more quickly and efficiently than the Army Corps.
The wall should be constructed by people who know how to build instead of people who know how to spend money. pic.twitter.com/tykCvx1BRG
— Sen. Kevin Cramer (@SenKevinCramer) April 16, 2019
Cassidy said that as much as the American people want the border wall, they also want to know that it will be built quickly and at little cost to them.
“I think the American people are a little frustrated at the expense and kinda like, ‘When is something going to happen when it comes to securing the southern border,'” Cassidy told the Washington Examiner.
“And when you hear a story about someone who can do a mile a day with a cheaper cost, at a higher quality—an opportunity to see it for myself. Of course, you wanna check it out,” he added. “This is a controlled environment. On the other hand, I’m now looking at posters which show how much is typically done in a day’s time as opposed to this in 15 minutes … That’s a good thing to see.”
Fisher met with Department of Homeland Security officials last month as well, building 180 feet of wall in two hours.
The company’s proposed steel fencing would be weathered to avoid rusting, and wouldn’t need to be replaced for 75 years, according to Fisher. It would also include new technological features, like spin cameras with facial recognition, and fiber-optic cables that can differentiate between human activity, vehicles and animals.
Cassidy said Fisher’s deal—with both its technology and monetary efficiency—should convince Democrats that border security is both necessary and possible.
“You would like to think that getting value for the taxpayer dollars would bring everybody to the table,” Cassidy said. “If all we do is agree on areas where we know barriers work, and we can do it more quickly, and at a lower cost, we should.”