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Senators Introduce Legislation to Block 24-Hour Border ‘Wall Cam’

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced legislation with Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that would block federal funds from being used to livestream border wall construction activities. The legislation would ensure that no federal dollars would be used to install or operate a video recording device at a border wall construction site for the purpose of live streaming the construction activities through a webcam.

The Washington Post reported that the Trump administration is planning to set up web cameras to livestream construction of the southern border wall, against objections from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. Construction contractors also have apparently expressed concerns about their proprietary techniques being visible to competitors.

“The only idea dumber than building a so-called ‘impenetrable’ wall along our southern border is livestreaming it,” said Markey. “Trump has already wasted billions on his border wall boondoggle, we shouldn’t waste a single dollar on a wall-cam.”

A copy of the No Wall-Cam Act can be found HERE.

Trump Administration Plans Livestreaming Border Wall Construction: Report

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