McConnell Says Trump to Sign Border Deal, Declare Emergency

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McConnell Says Trump to Sign Border Deal, Declare Emergency

"'It's extremely rare for a president to declare a national emergency in a bid to fund domestic construction projects, particularly one that Congress has explicitly refused to fund, " Boyle told the AP. He can do so at will.

Some of the president's Republican allies in Congress however have misgivings about an emergency declaration. "Some of those provisions include the ability to seize commodities or property; control production, transportation and communication; institute martial law or restrict travel, according to the report". "I'm going to support the national emergency declaration". They objected to giving more funding for the "abusive" agencies on the front line of immigration enforcement: Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Will the "emergency" get Trump his wall?

"I would say right now it's one step above cautious optimism", she said on CBN's "Faith Nation".

The country has been facing the threat of a second government shutdown in two months at midnight ET Friday. "Where is the urgency?"

But he also needs to assuage conservatives livid that the president retreated from his wall-funding demand, a long-time campaign pledge. Mr. McConnell said he will support the president's emergency declaration.

Sanders said that means the president is "once again delivering on his promise to build the wall". Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the House of Representatives might sue, and some Democratic state attorneys general said their states would, too.

It does not contain the money Trump demanded for the wall, but does contain money for other border security measures. But it's not "a blank check to invoke "emergency" powers simply because he couldn't get what he wanted through the normal political process", said Brianne Gorod, chief counsel of the liberal-leaning Constitutional Accountability Center. Trump hinted on Tuesday that he already has $23 billion in funding lined up "from other sources".

"Congressman Adam Smith, the new Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, just stated, 'Yes, there is a provision in law that says a president can declare an emergency". "Barriers" and "fencing" are the nouns of choice, a victory for Democrats eager to deny Trump even a rhetorical victory.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday if the Republican president declared the emergency he would be making an "end run around Congress". "Because if the president can declare an emergency on something that he has created as an emergency, an illusion that he wants to convey, just think of what a president with different values can present to the American people".

"The Appropriations panel's top Democrat, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, said that he and Shelby:understand how grownups have to act in the Congress". The senator said he had spoken to the president.

It's scary to think about, but President Trump has far-flung powers to declare a national emergency for nearly anything he wants.

"McConnell has praised the agreement as a "solid deal" that is the product of a successful bipartisan process" and called it "a compromise that no side will view as a ideal deal".

In a joint statement with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Pelosi accused Trump of "fearmongering" and said an emergency declaration "would be a lawless act".

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