WH: Trump Will Sign Funding Bill But Use Emergency Powers; Pelosi: Dems Will Review Their Options

By Melanie Arter | February 14, 2019 | 4:29pm EST
President Donald Trump (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump will sign the $1.37 billion border security deal but will take executive action, “including a national emergency,” to get additional funding to follow through on his promise to build the wall.

“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action - including a national emergency - to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

“The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country,” she added.

The Senate passed the spending bill on Thursday. The House is expected to vote on it next.


When asked whether the White House is prepared for legal challenges to an emergency declaration, Sanders told reporters Thursday, “We're very prepared, but there shouldn't be [legal challenges]. The president's doing his job. Congress should do theirs."

Sanders said the White House will make an announcement with more details on the declaration.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said if the president moves forward with an emergency declaration, he will be doing an “end run around Congress” and Democrats will review their options and respond once Trump acts.


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