Pretty much since the first day of his campaign (if not earlier) Donald Trump has said that America must construct a border wall.
Critics denounced this proposal and anyone who supported it, but clearly, this message resonated with voters. In fact, many have said that this was the main reason they voted for the Republican contender.
The Political Insider reports:
President Donald J. Trump’s “big, beautiful wall” is underway, and the Trump White House has taken the first steps towards construction.
In just a few weeks, contracts will be awarded to build the wall along the southern border, which stretches more than 2,000 miles. Thanks to natural obstacles, a wall will be needed along approximately 1,000 of those miles.
The federal government contracts website has listed the opportunity, and companies interested in the work will need to submit prototypes and concept papers for their design. The deadline for proposals and costs is March 24.
This is why Trump at CPAC said the wall is “way, way, way, ahead of schedule.”
As the Federal Business Opportunities website describes:
The Dept. of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intends on issuing a solicitation in electronic format on or about March 6, 2017 for the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico. The procurement will be conducted in two phases, the first requiring vendors to submit a concept paper of their prototype(s) by March 10, 2017, which will result in the evaluation and down select of offerors by March 20, 2017. The second phase will require the down select of phase 1 offerors to submit proposals in response to the full RFP by March 24, 2017, which will include price. Multiple awards are contemplated by mid-April for this effort. An option for additional miles may be included in each contract award.
Since it is obvious that the wall will be built, the next question is, will the project go the way of every other government enterprise and end up being finished years late and wildly over budget?
For the first time in history, the president of the United States is a builder, and a business negotiator. If Donald Trump manages this construction hands on, it is hard to believe that that will happen.
And once this precedent is set, the pressure will be on for future projects (such as those infrastructure initiatives that Trump also has his eye on) to follow suit.
If anyone can change the mentality of America’s government bureaucracy to embrace efficiency, that will be one of Donald Trump’s greatest legacies.