On Wednesday, September 10, the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on the efforts to build a fence along the country’s southern border. The hearing mostly focused on the delays behind the building of the virtual fence, but briefly touched on the cost increases for the physical fence as well. The Department of Homeland Security testified that the increased costs of construction materials was part of the reason for the fence building delays and asked Congress for more money for both the physical and virtual fence. Since 2005, Congress has already appropriated over $2.5 billion for the fence project. While most Members of Congress in attendance focused on the technical problems faced by the development of the virtual fence, it was another example of the affect of rising construction materials costs around the country. AGC supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes strengthening our borders.