Trump to sign border bill, declare emergency -McConnell

Lawmakers submit bipartisan bill to avoid second shutdown

Lawmakers submit bipartisan bill to avoid second shutdown

But he also said he meant to declare a national emergency to secure billions of dollars for a border wall he once vowed Mexico would pay for.

"If Trump oversteps his authority and abandons negotiations with Congress by declaring a fabricated national emergency, we won't only call his bluff, we will do what we must to hold him accountable", Becerra said in a statement.

Mr. Trump has been demanding US$5.7-billion for the wall from Congress since December as part of a larger government spending bill. It was a political fiasco for Trump and an early triumph for Pelosi.

But he said that federal judges might be reluctant to get involved, especially because Congress has the authority under the National Emergencies Act to terminate a national emergency.

When Mr Trump warned that he might declare a national emergency over his wall earlier this year, some Republicans argued it would set a risky precedent.

But would that fly legally? "The president has tried to sell a bill of goods to the American people", she said, instead suggesting that Trump to "declare a national emergency around gun violence" on the anniversary of the Parkland mass shooting.

Under the National Emergencies Act, the president can declare a national emergency, providing a specific reason for it.

Trump has so far declared three national emergencies since taking office in January 2017, the Brennan Center says.

And if it gets to President Donald Trump's desk, there's no guarantee he'll sign it. "And, in fact, there may be additional problems with the proposed 'deal, '" said the letter, signed by Reps. Bobby Chesney, a professor at the University of Texas law school, also told the Post that a lot would depend on how the Trump administration defines "emergency" and whether it is convincing to the courts.

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Sanders said he has "concerns" about the bill but "I can not turn my back on" federal workers who would have to work unpaid in a government shutdown. "But it doesn't follow that everyone will see it that way".

"My impression is he's likely to sign it but then to issue some sort of executive order to supplement those funds with other funds that Congress has already authorized him to tap", he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump is planning to declare a national emergency to build his promised wall on the Mexican border, circumventing Congress and again testing the constitutional limits of his executive power. "The president's doing his job. Congress should do theirs".

"It's not an emergency what's happening at the border - it's a humanitarian challenge to us".

She said: "We will review our options and prepare to respond to it". "The precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the President's intention to declare a national emergency before the White House did, saying in remarks on the Senate floor before the chamber voted on the legislation that he spoke with the President and that, while Trump is prepared to support the deal, "he will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time".

Privately, Trump has cast GOP's dealmaking efforts as inadequate and wondered why he, an experienced dealmaker, wasn't consulted at more regular intervals as the two sides haggled over an agreement.

The White House confirmed the comments from McConnell in a statement released by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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