Published: Fri, February 15, 2019
Medicine | By Ray Hunter

Pelosi signs bipartisan border compromise

Pelosi signs bipartisan border compromise

"If this doesn't work out, I probably will do it, I would nearly say definitely", the president said of a national emergency declaration when he visited the border in Texas last month, adding, "If we don't make a deal, I would say 100 percent, but I don't want to say 100 percent".

An emergency declaration is sure to spark a flood of lawsuits.

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

Some prominent Republicans also criticized the Trump's plan to declare a national emergency. The President tweeted midday he was "reviewing the funding bill with my team". Rather than suffer defeat, Bush withdrew it one day before the vote, NPR reports.

The Democrat-controlled House was poised to pass the sweeping measure Thursday evening, and the Republican-led Senate was expected to approve it as well.

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

The White House later confirmed this is the case. The measure would provide more than 300 billion US dollars to fund the Department of Homeland Security and a range of other agencies through September 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

Signing the legislation will amount to a concession from the President that Congress is not willing to meet his demand for border wall funding, but it will not be the end of a contentious debate over border security if Trump invokes a national emergency. In response to the question, "Should Trump Declare Emergency to Build Wall?", 31% said "yes" while 66% said "no".

"Of course, we will respond accordingly", Pelosi added. Democratic presidential contenders Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren didn't mince their words either, with Harris calling it "a ridiculous vanity project". The House of Representatives later also backed the measure, by 300 to 128.

Members of Congress and their staff worked late Wednesday to finalize the legislation crafted by a bipartisan committee tasked with finding a border security agreement.

"At first glance, the president's proposal to build a wall as a matter of national emergency in the face of a government shutdown over the refusal by Congress to provide funds for such a wall seems like an end-run around Congress's constitutional prerogatives to make laws and appropriate funds", wrote Taylor, a senior editor at Lawfare and current fellow at the center-left Brookings Institution in Washington. That led to the longest government shutdown in US history.

"It deeply worries me that a future Democratic president may consider gun violence or climate change a "national emergency" and what actions they may then take".

Congress has released a 1,159 page funding and border security bill in hopes of avoiding another partial government shutdown on Friday night.

The border bill would provide $1.37 billion in new money to help build 55 miles (88.5 km) of new physical barriers on the border. "It would be another demonstration of President Trump's naked contempt of the rule of the law and congressional authority".

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. If he does declare a national emergency, Trump will likely be met by legal challenges over the constitutionality of such a move.

That's why you see the president trying to declare a national emergency to try to at least give a little bit to Ann Coulter and the people that she represents.

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