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GAO investigating whether Biden administration illegally froze funding for border wall

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The Government Accountability Office is reportedly investigating President Biden’s freeze on border wall funding, which may have broken the law by freezing funds that budget rules dictate should be in control of Congress.

“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,” said Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette of the watchdog group Project on Government Oversight.

Biden made the move to freeze the funding on his first day in office, a move Republicans have said “directly contributed” to the crisis at the border. A group of over 70 Republicans has now asked the GAO to weigh in on the matter, which the watchdog organization usually does at the request of a member of Congress.

Sen. Roy Blunt said Biden has no excuse for freezing the funds, noting that the president served in Congress for over three decades.

“He was in the Congress a long time,” Blunt said. “He knows it’s the Congress’s job to authorize how the money is spent and the president’s job to spend it efficiently.”

Republicans are hoping that an unfavorable GAO opinion for Biden would bolster their argument that his administration is responsible for the influx of people at the border.

The Biden administration has argued that the freeze was “a necessary and responsible step for prudent management of federal funds,” citing lawsuits against the construction of the barrier.

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