Biden under review by Government Accountability Office for freezing border wall funds

According to a new report from Politico, President Biden is under fire from the Government Accountability office for freezing funds that were to be spent on completing the U.S. Mexico border wall.

They have launched a review to determine if he broke the law.

Per the report “on his first day in office, Biden hit pause on billions of dollars set to be spent on his predecessor’s long-touted barrier between the U.S. and Mexico while his administration figured out next steps for the money. Now the Government Accountability Office is launching a review to determine whether the new president broke the law by freezing the money in violation of budget rules designed to keep Congress in control of the cash flow, the federal watchdog confirmed this week.”

The report adds “an unfavorable ruling from GAO would bolster Republicans in branding Biden as a rule-breaker as they blame him for the surge of migrants and unaccompanied children at the southern border. The pause on spending “directly contributed” to that flood of border crossers, Senate Republicans said in their plea last week for GAO to opine on the issue. More than 70 House Republicans followed Tuesday in asking for a GAO opinion, which the watchdog typically provides whenever a member of Congress requests one.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee said of Biden “He was in the Congress a long time. He knows it’s the Congress’ job to authorize how the money is spent and the president’s job to spend it efficiently.”

Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette, a manager at the watchdog group Project on Government Oversight said “The Biden administration has to be really careful about doing stuff like this, because otherwise they’re just going to be doing the exact thing the Trump administration did — just at the other end of the policy spectrum.”