President Donald Trump plans to declares national emergency after congress passed a government spending deal that provides further funding for border security, the white House announced Thursday.
The President decides to sign a compromise border security measure on Friday and then using an executive action of declaring a national emergency, to spend $8 billion for border barriers, a White house official said.
The move will end, for now, a bitter standoff with Congress over his signature campaign promise. But it will likely spark a new constitutional dispute over whether the President is overstepping his authority.
Initially, the news of Trump’s decision came via Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said Trump would sign the bill to avoid a shutdown and then at the same time declare a national emergency.
Trump is expected to announce that he will use executive action to draw on a variety of administration funding sources to help finance construction of his wall on the border, the official said and national emergency is expected to be a part of that action.
A total amount to be in the range of $8 billion is set to announce by the president, the official said. However, without giving any information regarding from where all of that money would come from or whether the executives of White House would withstand a court challenge. Democrats are more likely to take the matter to the court.
The president trump will sign the funding bill and the paper work for his executive actions, including national emergency at 10 am, Friday in the White House Rose garden. The other white house official said the funding will be as follows:
- $1.375 billion from the Homeland Security appropriations bill. This money cannot be used to build a wall but can be used to build other types of border barriers due to the way the bill is written
- $600 million from the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund, which would come from an executive action
- $2.5 billion from the Defense Department’s drug interdiction program, which would come from an executive action
- $3.5 billion from the Defense Department’s military construction budget, which would require a national emergency
President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive actions, including a national emergency which will be executed to ensure that we must stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
The series of events was set in motion earlier Thursday in the Senate floor announcement from McConnell, who said he would drop his opposition to the national emergency move in order to advance the government funding measure.
Shortly after the White House’s announcement, the Senate voted 83-16 to pass the government spending deal, which would provide further funding for border security but no money for Trump’s border wall.
On Thursday night, the bill negotiated by a bipartisan group of congress leaders was passed the house, just a day before the deadline of Friday night to prevent another partial government shut down. The vote was 300-128.
In accordance to national emergency, Trump plans to use the funding from various parts of the federal government to extend the border barrier mileage.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that if Trump declares a national emergency, Democrats could consider legal action to stop him. She further states that, it actually not an emergency, what’s happening at the border is a humanitarian challenge to us.
Apart from this, there were numerous controversies by various members who were against this decision and were considering the action to be lawless.