Mitch McConnell Announces President Trump Will Sign Border Deal, Declare National Emergency

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Mitch McConnell Announces President Trump Will Sign Border Deal, Declare National Emergency
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Mitch McConnell Announces President Trump Will Sign Border Deal, Declare National Emergency
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Earlier today on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that President Trump will sign a budget compromise between Democrats and Republicans. The $330 billion spending deal would keep the government open to avoid another shutdown. McConnell also said the president will be declaring a national emergency to fund more construction of a wall along the southern border.

The 1,169-page spending bill passed in the Senate with a vote of 83 to 16. It is now headed to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass. The president must sign the legislation before midnight on Friday to prevent another government shutdown.

President Trump originally requested $5.7 billion from congress in border wall spending, with the goal of building 234 miles of steel barriers. Democratic leadership repeatedly refused to provide any spending toward a border wall but eventually compromised on some funds toward the construction of a wall.  The spending compromise provides $1.3 billion for border wall construction, with the goal of building 55 miles of additional barriers in Texas.

Following months of speculation, it appears the president has decided to declare a national emergency to fund additional border wall construction. President Trump has indicated on numerous occasions that he is willing to declare a national emergency to build the wall. The president has also repeatedly stated that he will obtain funding for the wall with or without congress.

President Trump is expected to declare a national emergency tomorrow morning. It’s almost certain that the Democratic controlled House of Representatives will pass a disapproval resolution. The resolution from the House will force the Senate to approve the declaration. However, even if some Republicans in the Senate reject the president’s declaration of a national emergency, the president will override the decision with a veto.

Once the national emergency is beyond the reach of congress, Democrats are expected to challenge the decision through the courts. Due to the nature of the court system, a final decision isn’t likely to be made anytime soon. The president has already said he expects the decision to be challenged in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, though he believes the Supreme Court will uphold his decision.

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