Republicans warn Trump against decision to declare emergency to build border wall

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The "executive action" is an attempt to bypass Congress which denied Mr Trump £4.4 billion ($5.5 billion) for the wall.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor, called the legislation "a compromise that no side will view as a flawless deal", but he called it "a success for our bipartisan process" and reiterated his call for Trump to sign it.

"He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time and I've indicated to him that I'm going to support a national emergency declaration", McConnell said.

The almost 1,200 page legislation would fund nine Cabinet departments and dozens of other agencies through September 30.

US President Donald Trump will sign a funding bill that will avert another government shutdown, the White House said on Thursday.

One possible political repercussion if Trump declares the emergency: The Democratic-controlled House could pass a disapproval resolution that Senate Majority Leader McConnell would be forced to put on the Senate floor, an outcome that the Republican McConnell hoped to avoid.

The bill provides a little more than $1.3 billion for border fencing along 55 miles of the southern border, which is a mere fraction of what the president had requested. The agreement includes controversial funding for the Homeland Security Department, which oversees the border with Mexico, and whose budget triggered a five-week shutdown that ended last month.

The emergency declaration is sure to get bogged down in court challenges, which means it may not have much tangible benefit anytime soon. "And, I've indicated to him that I am going to support the national emergency declaration". Democratic presidential contenders Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren didn't mince their words either, with Harris calling it "a ridiculous vanity project".

Trump will nearly certainly face legal challenges if he does declare a national emergency to get additional funding for a U.S. -Mexico border wall, circumventing the power of Congress to set spending policy.

Trump's declaration is expected to be challenged in court, and Pelosi acknowledged that "that's an option".

It isn't clear how Pelosi thinks a president could use defense funding to take away the gun rights of the American people, but she made the proposal to intimidate Republicans nonetheless.

The Trump administration has suggested it could use national emergency powers to redirect money already committed by Congress for other purposes toward paying for Trump's wall.

President Trump must sign the measure by midnight Friday to keep the government open.

"The president is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country", she said.

Congressional aides said House Democrats would take various steps to try to block Trump's emergency, possibly including a lawsuit.

For instance, Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, invoked his executive power to declare an emergency 10 times. "I predict he'll find a way to get the money to build the wall", he tweeted Wednesday morning. Some legal analysts say the emergency declaration is deeply alarming because it is an aggressive power grab by the president on funding issues.

The top Democrat in the Senate echoed Pelosi's harsh comments.

"Congressman Adam Smith, the new Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, just stated, 'Yes, there is a provision in law that says a president can declare an emergency".

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