Trump will sign spending bill, declare national emergency for border wall

15 February, 2019, 08:29 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • U.S. President Donald Trump attends a rally at the El Paso County Coliseum

Congressional aides said House Democrats were expected to file a lawsuit when Trump declares a national emergency in order to protect the House's constitutional powers to decide how us taxpayers' money is appropriated.

Senior Democrats have responded by accusing him of committing a "gross abuse of power" and a "lawless act".

Trump sparked the last shutdown before Christmas after Democrats snubbed his $5.7 billion demand for the wall.

Trump has not yet said definitively whether he will sign the spending bill, which is causing some anxiety among Republican lawmakers.

The bill, which still needs to pass both legislative chambers, provides $1.383 billion for barriers at the US border with Mexico.

Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise Thursday that would avert a second painful government shutdown, but a new confrontation was ignited _ this time over President Donald Trump's plan to bypass lawmakers and declare a national emergency to syphon billions from other federal coffers for his wall on the Mexican boundary.

His authority to do so will nearly certainly be challenged in court.

"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.

However, the aides noted that in the case of a national emergency, the legal provision requires that the funds must be used in support of the armed forces.

"We have a government that has a constitution that has a division of power, and revenue raising and spending power was given to Congress", said Sen. He can do so at will.

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Declaring a national emergency is a rare step.

Media captionOther presidents got money for a border barrier - why not Trump?

"There's no real sort of reality-based reason for declaring a national emergency now", Dallek said. Trump's threat to assert powers previously invoked during times of military conflict or natural disaster takes presidential prerogative to a new level.

"I need more money, I need more people, etc", she added. The first shutdown over border security was the longest in history, stretching 35 days. "Where is the urgency?"

At least two human rights groups said they would mount a legal challenge.

The national emergency strategy, expected to be declared by Trump on Friday, was already dividing Republicans. These included overcoming her pledge to not fund the wall at all and rejecting a Democratic proposal for numerical limits on detaining some immigrants, said a Republican speaking on condition of anonymity to describe private conversations. You have to convince the Congress to give you the money that you're out for.

Trump wants to keep a campaign promise to build a wall on the United States border with Mexico.

But Democrats, who recently took control of the House of Representatives, refused, calling the wall ineffective, expensive and immoral. "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.

But, Trump hopes with the national emergency he can still follow through on his campaign promise.

The legislation being acted upon on Thursday also funds the Justice Department, Commerce Department, State Department, Department of Agriculture, Internal Revenue Service and others, covering roughly 800,000 federal workers.

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