Congress passed a spending bill late Thursday night that keeps the government open and provides money for border security. President Trump is expected to sign the bill soon, but he is also taking action on his own to secure even more money to help build a wall along the southern border. Natalie Brand has more details from The White House.
President Trump is declaring a national emergency in order to get the money he says is needed to build a border wall.
“I want to do it faster. I could do the wall over a longer period of time, I didn’t need to do this, but I would rather do it much faster.”
The appropriations bill gives the President nearly $1.4B for border security. To that, he plans to add $600 M from the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund and $2.2B from the Pentagon’s drug interdiction program. The emergency declaration frees up another $3.5 B from the Department of Defense’s military construction budget.
“We have a chance of getting eight billion dollars. Whether it’s eight billion or two billion or one and a half billion, it’s going to build a lot of wall.”
The White House says it is expecting and is prepared for legal and congressional challenges to the President’s emergency declaration.
“Sadly we’ll be sued and sadly it will go through a process and happily we’ll win.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will consider a number of options to combat the declaration.
“We will not have an end run around the congress of the United States.”
The House Speaker is reportedly considering a joint resolution disapproving of the emergency, which could force Republicans to go on the record with whether or not they support the President.
“I do not see the grounds for declaring a national emergency…
“I think that’s dubious from a constitutional perspective.”
If Congress did pass the resolution, President Trump can still veto it.
Natalie Brand, CBS News, The White House
Democrats say they are also considering suing the president to stop him from implementing the national emergency.