Trump to Sign Spending Bill and Declare National Emergency Over Border

Trump to Sign Spending Bill and Declare National Emergency Over Border

Trump to Sign Spending Bill and Declare National Emergency Over Border

Democrats have vowed to respond appropriately to any declaration, saying it would be a "lawless act".

But she also said he would go around Congress after lawmakers wouldn't give him the money he wants to build a wall on the southern border. "The president should never again harm all three by forcing a government shutdown to get his way", he said. "Go into the defense bill and move money around like Congress allowed you to do previous year and build this damn wall", Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said last night during an interview on Fox News.

A senior White House official said the administration had found almost $7 billion to reallocate to the wall, including $600 million from a Treasury Department forfeiture fund, $2.5 billion from a Defense Department drug interdiction fund and $3.5 billion from a military construction budget.

"This agreement denies funding for President Trump's border wall and includes several key measures to make our immigration system more humane", House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat, said in a statement.

The legislation includes US$1.37 billion in new money to help build 90km of new physical border barriers.

Initially, Mr Trump was distressed when he watched Sean Hannity and other Fox News hosts deride the plan, including as he watched recorded versions of prime-time programming during a late-night flight home on Monday from Texas, where he'd held a campaign rally.

But the declaration of a national emergency is likely to face a legal challenge.

Later, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the border security legislation to prevent a fresh shutdown.

The House of Represenatives swiftly followed suit, approving the bill with a 300-128 tally.

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"He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time and I've indicated to him that I'm going to support a national emergency declaration", McConnell said. "The so-called compromise is typical of the D.C. sewer and swamp, and this level of funding for security and safety of the American people is pathetic". "The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities".

Of course, the drawbacks to this course that were apparent in January are still there. She also said that Republicans would regret the president's action, as it would set a precedent for future occupants of the Oval Office. And they pointed to other funding in the spending package for Democratic priorities, including affordable housing, census outreach and a 1.9% pay raise for federal civilian workers.

But his national emergency declaration will spark new controversy, including an expected round of lawsuits and even a potential attempt to overturn the declaration by Congress.

"That's a national emergency".

Imagine indeed if, two years from now, a President Booker, Harris, Warren or Bennet, seizing on the Parkland massacre's anniversary, invoked emergency powers to halt the killing of innocents - by banning the sale of semiautomatic weapons, imposing uniform background checks for gun purchases or levying a stiff federal surtax on the sale of gun parts and ammunition. In this case, Mr Trump says the crisis is being caused by migrants arriving on the US-Mexico border. Instead, the president plans to declare a national emergency and use defense spending to build the wall.

He was widely blamed for the shutdown and agreed to end it without getting the wall money.

Trump has long floated the idea of declaring an emergency if he fails to obtain the manpower and funds needed to secure the border through the normal legislative process.

"It's not an emergency, what's happening at the border".


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