There’s breaking news out right now about the government shutdown, folks.
According to multiple reports, President Trump is preparing to declare a national emergency to BUILD. THE. WALL.
The White House is preparing a draft proclamation for President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency along the southern border and has identified more than $7 billion in potential funds for his signature border wall should he go that route, according to internal documents reviewed by CNN.
Trump has not ruled out using his authority to declare a national emergency and direct the Defense Department to construct a border wall as Congress and the White House fight over a deal to end the government shutdown. But while Trump’s advisers remain divided on the issue, the White House has been moving forward with alternative plans that would bypass Congress.
“The massive amount of aliens who unlawfully enter the United States each day is a direct threat to the safety and security of our nation and constitutes a national emergency,” a draft of a presidential proclamation reads.
“Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C 1601, et seq.), hereby declare that a national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States,” the draft adds. …
According to options being considered, the administration could pull: $681 million from treasury forfeiture funds, $3.6 billion in military construction, $3 billion in Pentagon civil works funds, and $200 million in Department of Homeland Security funds, the official said. …
If the declaration is made, the US Army Corps of Engineers would be deployed to construct the wall…
If President Trump decides to forgo declaring a national emergency, there’s always the Constitutional route (you know, through Congress).
And there’s new hope that such a congressional strategy may soon emerge.
The Fox News headline reads: “Pelosi To Propose ‘Alternative Package’ Including Border Security To End Shutdown, Brazile Reveals.”
That would be Former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile, to be precise.
From Fox News:
Former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile told Fox News Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., would soon put forward “an alternative package” in a bid to end the ongoing partial government shutdown.
Brazile told “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino” that she did not know exactly when the measure would be announced, but said it would contain “a lot of border security items.”
“I think what you’re seeing now in the Senate, you’ll see it in the House soon,” Brazile said. “We want to get this government shutdown over.”
Earlier Thursday, Pelosi denied reports that House Democrats were working on a counteroffer to President Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to fund his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“That’s not true.” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly news conference. “That’s not true. That’s not true.”
Despite the Speaker’s protests to the contrary, Brazile sounds pretty confident that the shutdown is about to end.
And, more importantly, it’s about to end with a promise from Democrats to fund “a lot of border security items.”
That’s the best news we’ve heard about the shutdown in a long time.
And there’s more, from Fox News:
The White House on Thursday signaled that a “large down payment” on border wall funding — and potentially less than the $5.7 billion that President Trump has long requested — could be sufficient to bring Republicans to the table and end the ongoing partial federal government shutdown.
“Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Chuck Schumer are meeting now to see whether or not they can work out of the deadlock,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday evening. “As was made clear to Senator Lindsey Graham, the three- week CR [continuing resolution] would only work if there is a large down payment on the wall.”
Meanwhile, at the White House, Trump said “we have a lot of alternatives” to end the shutdown, and asserted illegal immigration and drug trafficking constitutes a “virtual invasion” of the U.S. that can only be stopped by “a strong barrier or wall.” …
Let’s hope these reports are true!
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