President Trump Declares National Emergency, Announces $8 Billion Toward Wall

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President Trump Declares National Emergency, Announces $8 Billion Toward Wall
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President Trump Declares National Emergency, Announces $8 Billion Toward Wall
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On Friday morning, President Trump ended months of speculation when he announced he would be declaring a national emergency to continue construction of a wall along the southern border. The president signed the national emergency declaration shortly after his announcement from the White House Rose Garden. The White House announced Thursday evening that $8 billion has been allocated toward the construction of the border wall.

President Trump originally requested $5.7 billion in border wall funding from congress. However, following a government shutdown and strong backlash from Democratic leadership, congress finally compromised on a total of $1.3 billion toward wall funding. The President ultimately ended up signing the compromise bill Friday morning, avoiding another government shutdown that would have gone into effect on Saturday.

The $1.3 billion toward construction of the wall will come from the compromise in congress is included in the $8 billion spending project announced by the White House. Another $3.6 billion will be allocated from military construction funds. An additional $2.5 billion will be come from the Department of Defense, and $600 million will be coming from the US Treasury Department.

The $8 billion spending program is tasked with the goal of constructing an additional 234 miles of barriers along the southern border. Many Democrats in congress have strongly condemned the president’s decision to declare a national emergency. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have said they will use every available resource to fight the emergency declaration.

The Democratic controlled House of Representatives is expected to pass a disapproval resolution against the president’s decision. The resolution from the House will force the Senate to vote on the president’s emergency declaration. However, even if some Republicans join Democrats in rejecting the national emergency, President Trump would surely override their decision with a veto.

The president’s decision to declare a national emergency is expected to face its most formidable challenge in the court system. Several Democrats have already declared their intention to protest the decision through the courts. President Trump has said he expects the decision to be held up by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, but believes the Supreme Court will uphold his decision.

The decision is expected to be wrapped up in the courts for quite some time. It’s unclear how the president’s decision to allocate existing funds toward the wall will factor into the process. Although, it seems likely the White House will attempt to complete as construction as possible before the courts have a chance to suspend the project.

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