Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Trump to Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall, Mitch McConnell Says

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Many subsequent emergency declarations suspended assets, trade or other transactions with nations ranging from Libya to Panama, though most have lapsed after regime changes in those countries, according to the center.

In a joint statement, the top congressional Democrats said that "declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act" and "a gross abuse of the power of the Presidency".

Fortunately, there is a legal mechanism in place, although technically it's never been done before.

Pelosi accused Trump of doing "an end-run" around Congress and around the Constitution's separation of powers that gives Congress, not the president, such authority as federal spending and declaring war.

The Republican-led Senate passed the government funding bill by a vote of 83-16 and the Democratic-led House by a vote of 300-128, with 86 House Republicans voting in favor.

Maybe it's a long shot, but at least it's something.

The plan provides $US1.375 billion ($1.9 billion) for 55 new miles (88 kilometres) of fencing on the US-Mexico border, far short of the $US5.7 billion in wall money the president sought to fulfill a campaign promise, and provides funding for nine federal departments through the end of the fiscal year September 30.

Advisers said Mr Trump had grown increasingly concerned about what is contained in the 1100-page legislation that was released late Wednesday evening, U.S. time.

Sanders said the White House was "very prepared" for a legal challenge but said there shouldn't be one.

She has not said if House Democrats would legally challenge the president.

The House is also expected to vote on the bill later today.

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During the State of the Union speech this month, President Trump reiterated his call for funding of a wall to block unauthorized migration along the southern border.

Among the laws Trump could turn to is Section 2808 of Title 10 of the U.S. Code pertaining to military construction.

After negotiators reached a tentative deal to prevent another government shutdown, public figures like Sean Hannity ripped the deal, with Hannity calling it "garbage" and advising the president to declare a national emergency.

Funding for those agencies is due to expire on Friday, which would trigger another partial federal shutdown on Saturday morning if Congress and Trump do not act quickly.

"Congress will defend our constitutional authorities", they said.

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

Aides had said earlier they were concerned Mr Trump would reject the spending compromise - a major shift from earlier this week when officials indicated privately that he would.

"'Nobody wants to enter into a pointless exercise if the president will veto this", Senator John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, said before McConnell's announcement.

"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".

The current U.S. budget deal includes $1.3 billion for 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) of new fencing along high-traffic border areas in the state of Texas, significantly less than the $5.7 billion Trump has sought to build the much-anticipated wall on the USA border with Mexico.

"I do not believe that it was meant to apply to a situation where funds have already been allocated for specific purposes by the Congress and then would be repurposed by the President", Collins said on Tuesday.

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