Published: Fri, February 15, 2019
Health Care | By Edgar Pierce

Donald Trump will declare 'state of emergency to get funding for wall'

Donald Trump will declare 'state of emergency to get funding for wall'

President Donald Trump has indicated that he will sign a spending bill to keep the government open, but also plans to issue an emergency declaration to build a wall or physical barrier along the U.S. -Mexico border, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday.

That shutdown finally ended on January 25, after Trump announced he had reached a deal to reopen the government until February 15 with no border wall funding.

Though he called the budget bill "far from ideal", Romney said he voted for it because it includes critical funding for border security and immigration enforcement, and prevents another government shutdown.

The bipartisan deal, while supplying far less than the $5.7 billion that Mr. Trump had demanded to build a border wall, gives both parties political victories. "Go into the defense bill and move money around like Congress allowed you to do past year and build this damn wall", Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said last night during an interview on Fox News.

An impasse between the US Congress and Trump over funding for the wall had earlier triggered the longest-ever partial government shutdown in the US last December, which lasted for 35 days and left scores of federal workers without pay for the period.

Building the wall was a key election promise by Mr Trump.

An executive action declaring the nation is in a state of a national emergency is sure to meet legal challenges, something Republicans cautioned the president about in recent weeks.

Congress moved on Thursday to pass a almost 1200-page spending bill in order to avoid another government shutdown ahead of Friday's deadline.

"I think the president is inclined to accept the agreement and move on and try to find money elsewhere and most likely declare an emergency", said Graham.

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And, as much as the president may like to spin this as a victory by other means, he still backed down in the face of Democratic resistance in Congress.

But speaking on the Senate floor today, party leader Mr McConnell supported the move, adding that the president could use "whatever tools he can legally use to enhance his efforts to secure the border".

It's still unclear exactly what powers the president will cite to declare some form of national emergency.

By becoming a rubber stamp for Mr. Trump, Mr. McConnell has set a precedent: that he is prepared to accept any president who would treat the will of Congress, and the Constitution, with cavalier contempt.

While the majority of Republicans have rallied behind Trump, some have voiced concerns that the declaration might violate the constitution and set a risky precedent. Democrats also see victories in increased funding for humanitarian aid at the border, alternatives to detention and aid to Central America.

The bipartisan legislation would provide more than $300 billion to fund the Department of Homeland Security and eight other federal agencies.

"He has to say here's an emergency and here's what I need", she told Al Jazeera.

Last month, Trump highlighted words from Rep. Adam Schiff about Trump's ability to use a national emergency to suggest that he has the ability to use it in this circumstance. There are technical requirements that must be met in order for the military to put aside other construction duties to build a wall.

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