Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump visits border to make case for $5.7 billion in wall funding

Trump visits border to make case for $5.7 billion in wall funding

"I don't even know if the president wants the wall, he just wants the debate", Pelosi said. "It sets long-term precedents, and I can tell you, that for people on my side of the aisle, one of our concerns we should have is: If today, the national emergency is border security and it entitles him to go out and do something, and we all support that - tomorrow, the national security emergency might be, ya know, climate change, so let's seize fossil fuel plants or something". On Thursday, the House passed a spending bill to fund the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, with eight Republicans joining Democrats to approve the bill.

Graham's remarks reflect the building frustration on Capitol Hill on the 20th day of the partial government shutdown over President Trump's $5 billion demand for border wall funding which the Democrats are refusing to meet.

As it stands, voters hold the GOP and Trump responsible for the shutdown.

Pelosi said Democratic lawmakers were moving forward with legislation that would fund the government without a border wall ― something that would perhaps trigger the president to declare an emergency.

"I had an opportunity to talk to the president a few moments ago, and wanted to indicate to our colleagues that he will sign the bill that we are discussing here to guarantee that government workers who've been displaced because of the shutdown will ultimately be compensated", McConnell said on the Senate floor.

Having Failed To Convince Americans There’s a National Emergency, Trump Now Poised to Declare One

Republicans could be hurt if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency over border security, Sen.

Democrats have offered more resources to improve border security, including new infrastructure, more personnel, and better technology, but Trump and the Republicans will not budge on wall funding. He and other White House officials have repeatedly called the issue a "humanitarian and security crisis".

"I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency", Trump told reporters at the White House.

"We have plenty of funds if there's a national emergency", he said. Trump said he would "take the mantle" for the shutdown.

The president was asked twice as he left for Texas if he plans to invite congressional leaders back to the White House to resume negotiations. "I should have, but I didn't smash the table", he told reporters on Thursday outside the White House.

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