Trump to sign border bill, declare emergency -McConnell

Brittany Mendoza
February 15, 2019

"President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action - including a national emergency - to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border", the statement said, according to CBS.

The emergency declaration is an attempt by Mr Trump to bypass Congress to get the funding, and appeared to be headed toward triggering a swift court challenge from Democrats on constitutional grounds.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell announced Mr Trump's plan on Thursdsay before voting on a compromise bill.

For President Trump's impending national emergency, Ferguson says his legal team "has been reviewing this issue for some time".

In addition to funding the Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation and other vital agencies, the bill will also send more than $54 billion overseas.

Mr. Trump's signature will avert a government shutdown that had been looming Friday in the absence of a new bill.

One possible political repercussion if Trump declares the emergency: The Democratic-controlled House could pass a disapproval resolution that Senate Majority Leader McConnell would be forced to put on the Senate floor, an outcome that the Republican McConnell hoped to avoid.

The declaration, should Mr Trump carry it out, will prevent a second bruising government shutdown but set the President and Congress up for further clashes down the road.

President Trump is under pressure to sign the border security deal as the possibility of another potential government shutdown looms. Lindsey Graham, a onetime Trump critic-turned-loyal ally, told reporters Trump was "certainly inclined to sign it" and "march toward filling in gaps" by using executive action to divert other budget funds into wall-building. She said: "The national emergency won't help".

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Trump will nearly certainly face legal challenges if he does declare a national emergency to get additional funding for a U.S. -Mexico border wall, circumventing the power of Congress to set spending policy. It's a humanitarian challenge to us.

The aides said that while the president can decide to use military construction funds, it would likely be up to the Defense Department to determine which specific projects would lose their money.

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A final Senate vote was to follow, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her chamber would vote later Thursday. "It would be another demonstration of President Trump's naked contempt of the rule of the law and congressional authority".

The top Democrat in the Senate echoed Pelosi's harsh comments. As NPR reported recently, the National Emergencies Act also gives Congress the power to nullify presidential emergency declarations.

"If the president can declare an emergency on something that he has created as an "emergency", an illusion that he wants to convey, then think of what a president with different values can present to the American people". "Trump has just agreed to fully open borders".

"Right now they are not saying whether or not the president is going to sign this".

In December, Trump refused to back a short-term bipartisan spending plan, after initially suggesting he'd support it even though it lacked the wall money he wanted, after conservative pundits and lawmakers criticised him.

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