After Meeting With Trump, Graham Says ‘Declare A National Emergency Now’

14 January, 2019, 06:27 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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But as the idea of a national emergency declaration began to build momentum, Republicans and conservatives have pushed back sharply, warning that, even if it could be used to fund wall construction, it could set a unsafe precedent - one that a future Democratic president could use to push liberal priorities on, say, climate change or health care. Since Thursday, he has beenurging the President to declare a national emergency to fund the border wall. Many Republicans are wary, too.

"Mr. President, declare a national emergency now".

Some US media reports suggested the White House was considering diverting some of the $US13.9 billion allocated previous year by Congress for disaster relief in such areas as Puerto Rico, Texas and California to pay for the wall. That option appeared to lose steam following an outcry.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom called it an "unconscionable" idea to look at using disaster assistance "to pay for an immoral wall that America doesn't need or want". "Yes", Meadows told reporters this week. Brady said the administration was looking at the "breadth" of unspent dollars in other government accounts. Later Saturday, he supplemented a day's worth of tweets by telephoning in to Fox News Channel's "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Pirro from the White House to continue his public relations blitz for the wall. Until now, Mr. Trump had suggested numerous times that he was getting closer to taking the decision. Building the wall was one of the United States president's key election pledges but Democrats are fiercely opposed to his plans.

"We're either going to have a win, make a compromise, because I think a compromise is a win for everybody, or I will declare a national emergency", he said. The person was unauthorized to discuss private sessions and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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As the shutdown drags on, President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats have not made progress toward any kind of agreement that would put an end to it. She said he's "endangering the health and safety of the American people and stealing paychecks from 800,000 innocent workers" over the shutdown. "I think everyone would rather a deal [with Congress]", said Brian Ballard, a Republican lobbyist and vice chairman on the Republican National Committee's finance team. He lists Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Representatives such as Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), John Garamendi (D-CA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA) as being among those willing to support construction of further barriers on our southern border.

Senate Republicans say one goal at the time they approved the bills was to get them into House-Senate conferences, where they expected liberal-leaning provisions to be deleted in the face of presidential veto threats.

There's also little debate that border walls are needed: about a third of the frontier is already fenced off.

"Most conservatives want it to be the last resort he would use", said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who speaks to Trump frequently.

Democrats' strategy over the past couple of weeks of the shutdown has been to refuse negotiations.

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