Alabama Bill Would Allow Taxpayers to Help Fund Donald Trump's Border Wall

As President Donald Trump struggles to get the necessary funding to build a border wall along the southern border of the United States, legislators in Alabama are working to give taxpayers the option to donate to the president's cause.

First introduced on March 5, the bill, which was sponsored by State Senator Del Marsh, is headed for the Senate floor. As in other states, taxpayers in Alabama are able to donate a portion or the entirety of their state income tax return to a selection of programs. Among the 22 programs available to receive donations are the Alabama Aging Program, Arts Development Fund, Children's Trust Fund and the Alabama Veterans' Program.

Marsh's bill would add the nonprofit We Build the Wall Inc. to the list of options beginning in the 2020 tax year. We Build the Wall was started by triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage as a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the border wall.

It has since raised more than $20 million according to its website and has a goal of $1 billion.

"Democrats are going to stall this project by every means possible and play political games to ensure President Trump doesn't get his victory. They'd rather see President Trump fail, than see America succeed," Kolfage wrote on the website. "However, if we can fund a large portion of this wall, it will jump-start things and will be less money Trump has to secure from our politicians. This won't be easy, but it's our duty as citizens."

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President Donald Trump smiles during his meeting with then-Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Oval Office, at the White House, on January 16, 2018. On Tuesday, a Senate committee in Alabama voted in favor of a bill that would add nonprofit We Build the Wall Inc. to a list of organizations taxpayers could donate their tax refund to. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

On Tuesday, Alabama's Senate Governmental Affairs Committee voted in favor of the bill, with eight of its members voting for it and two voting against. Newsweek reached out to Marsh but did not receive a response in time for publication.

State Senators Malika Sanders-Fortier and Linda Coleman-Madison, the only two Democrats on the committee, opposed the bill. Coleman-Madison told Al.com that people could donate to the campaign on their own and felt the bill brought the government into a "volatile issue that is very controversial."

State Senator Shay Shelnutt explained to Times Daily that he supported the bill because his constituents support the border wall and State Senator Garlan Gudger said the bill gives taxpayers the freedom to choose which organization they want to donate to.

"I think it should be the right of the people to be able to place their money and their tax refund where they want to," Gudger told Times Daily. "It's not mandatory to do this, and if another nonprofit wanted to do the same and they had enough strength for that bill to get passed then they could do the same."

Marsh, who supports building the wall on the basis it would make Americans safer, told Al.com he believes the people of Alabama support building the wall "overwhelmingly." He posted a thank you to the committee for passing the bill on Twitter, calling it "strong support for securing our borders and for [Trump]."

The bill is now headed to the Senate, where it will have to be passed in order to move on with the legislative process.

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