Trump to declare national emergency to fund wall: White House

Trump to declare national emergency to fund wall: White House

Trump to declare national emergency to fund wall: White House

President Donald Trump could potentially get $21 billion for the border wall by declaring a national emergency at the expense of canceling or leaving half-built a range of Defense Department projects, congressional aides said Thursday.

"So the president has his hand forced to sign a 1,159 page bill that we KNOW is filled with amnesty, PORK and wiggle room?" she asked indignantly on Twitter.

"If Trump follows through, lawmakers and the White House would dodge their second partial shutdown since December, sparing about 800,000 federal workers from more financial pain", CNBC reported.

The border bill passed by Congress Thursday night would provide $1.37 billion in new money to help build 55 miles (88.5 km) of new physical barriers on the border.

"Remember, Donald Trump signed that omnibus past year, on promise he'd get his wall funding", she wrote.

It took a record 35-day government shutdown and a compromise bill that delivers billions less than he had demanded for a border wall.

In telegraphing Mr. Trump's intent, White House aides have said he will identify other funding sources and cannibalize them for the border wall - "we'll go off and find the money someplace else, legally", as Mr. Mulvaney said last weekend.

The Democrat-controlled House was poised to pass the sweeping measure Thursday evening, and the Republican-led Senate was expected to approve it as well.

President Donald Trump will most likely sign a new border budget deal when it hits his desk on Friday afternoon.

The top Democrat in Congress denounced the president's move.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks prior to a meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez at the US Capitol in Washington on February 13, 2019.

"Most importantly, it will keep our government open", Mr Schumer said on the Senate floor.

The Trump administration has suggested that it could use national emergency powers to redirect money already committed by Congress for other purposes toward paying for Trump's wall.

Earlier the president tweeted: "Reviewing the funding bill with my team at the (at) WhiteHouse!"

But he said that federal judges might be reluctant to get involved, especially because Congress has the authority under the National Emergencies Act to terminate a national emergency.

After almost two months of negotiations that were never not doomed, President Trump is set to declare a national emergency so that he can build a southern border wall without congressional approval. "I appreciate all the work the Republicans have done, because they're really going against a radical left".

The US Constitution generally forces the president to seek the approval of both houses of Congress - the House of Representatives and the Senate - to spend taxpayer money.

Legal experts have also questioned whether Trump could use the military to build the wall and whether there will be problems with the military, without congressional authorization, seizing private land along the border to build the wall. There are technical requirements that must be met in order for the military to put aside other construction duties to build a wall.

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.

Democrats have long resisted Trump's call for a wall.

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