Trump Will Sign Border Deal And Also Declare National Emergency On Wall

Trump Will Sign Border Deal And Also Declare National Emergency On Wall

Trump's decision to sign the legislation came as Congress voted on the funding deal to prevent another government shutdown.

Congress prepared to vote Thursday on a sweeping spending bill that includes modest funding for border barriers, aiming to pass the legislation and get it on President Trump's desk before another potential government shutdown this weekend.

The legislation includes US$1.37 billion in new money to help build 90km of new physical border barriers. The compromise provides for $1.375 billion for 55 miles of border fencing, which is less than the deal past year that forced the shutdown. Trump has repeatedly vowed that the border wall will be constructed anyway, and he previously hinted at declaring a national emergency so the military could build the fencing with funds diverted from elsewhere in the federal government.

The funds would cover just part of the estimated $23 billion cost of the wall promised by Trump along the 2,000-mile (3,200-km) border with Mexico. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who has been become the face of the party's opposition to Trump's demands for a wall, wasn't so succinct, calling the declaration an "end run around Congress" while warning Republicans that it sets a precedent for a Democratic president to declare an emergency in the future.

The House was expected to take it up later on Thursday.

Bishop said Trump should not declare a national emergency.

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

"It's hard to say definitively whether or not the president is going to sign it until we know everything that's in it", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters. But according to the law, the money has to be used in support of U.S. armed forces, they say.

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Even if the president has the authority to move money around, the congressional aides said a key question will be if Trump can prove the funds are being spent in support of the military.

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 Mr Trump's wall. "The president has tried to sell a bill of goods to the American people". "You want to talk about a national emergency?"

Some of the president's Republican allies in Congress however have misgivings about an emergency declaration.

McAdams said he opposes a national emergency declaration, saying it should be reserved only for extreme or exigent circumstances.

If the president does declare an emergency, Democrats and others are sure to challenge him in court, which could delay construction for years.

"Outlined in the National Emergencies Act of 1976, the president has the authority to declare emergencies, thus unlocking certain provisions, when the country is "threatened by crisis, exigency, or emergency circumstances" other than wars or natural disasters, a 2007 report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) explains", Fox News reported.

There is about $10 billion in funds from the current 2019 fiscal year that ends September 30, and another $11 billion from the previous four years that haven't been obligated or contracted for a project, the aides said.

And if it gets to President Donald Trump's desk, there's no guarantee he'll sign it.

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