Thursday, the US Senate approved a border security compromise for building a wall with Mexico, and prevents another government shutdown.
The White House said President Trump would sign it then declare a national emergency and invoke other executive powers to to shift money to Wall-building from elsewhere in the federal budget.
House passage and President Trump’s signature are assured for the basic spending bill compromise
The invocation of the national-emergency declaration has produced opposition in Congress, but President Trump has promised to build the Wall and he is doing it.
At the White House, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, “The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country.”
White House aides and congressional Republicans have suggested President Trump tap funds targeted for military construction, disaster relief and counter-drug efforts.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he would support President Trump’s emergency declaration.
Democratic opponents of a declaration have said there is no crisis at the border and President Trump is merely sidestepping Congress, while Republicans warn that future Democratic Presidents could use the move to force spending on their own priorities.
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