Trump May Have $21 Billion in Military Funds Available for the Wall

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

In telegraphing Mr. Trump's intent, White House aides have said he will identify other funding sources and cannibalize them for the border wall - "we'll go off and find the money someplace else, legally", as Mr. Mulvaney said last weekend.

The bipartisan compromise federal spending legislation expected to arrive soon on Mr Trump's desk after being voted on in the Republican-led Senate and Democratic-led House would provide more than $300 billion to fund the Department of Homeland Security and a range of other agencies through 30 September, the end of the current fiscal year.

President Trump is poised to declare a national emergency on the U.S. border with Mexico, allowing him to seize billions of dollars for a wall even as he signs a compromise deal providing limited cash for his signature project. A 1982 law empowers the secretary of defense to redirect military construction funds during a presidentially declared national emergency. Goitein said in a blog post that Trump has undermined his case that the emergency would be constitutionally valid.

Congress could look to pass a joint resolution disapproving the president's declaration, but doing so with a veto-proof majority is unlikely. "And I've indicated to him that I'm going to support the national emergency declaration". Groups announced their intention to file a lawsuit shortly after the White House announcement.

Democrats have dismissed Trump's threat to declare an emergency as a "non-starter". Democrats also see victories in increased funding for humanitarian aid at the border, alternatives to detention and aid to Central America.

Congress believes the Pentagon has $21 billion in unobligated military construction funding-money that has been appropriated by the legislature and set aside for specific projects but not yet issued-that the president could use to build the wall over objections from Congress, according to two congressional aides. Presidents have dealt with innumerable crises.

Some in Congress, including many Republicans, have suggested a national emergency could be executive overreach. Sen.

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Leading Republicans warned Mr Trump that the move would be unconstitutional and could be used by Democratic presidents to bypass Congress.

By his declaration, Mr. Trump will inaugurate a new, imperial phase of his presidency. In the meantime, the White House has confirmed it is considering other options when it comes to border wall funding.

"I've just had an opportunity to speak with President Trump".

"Let's all pray that the president will have wisdom to sign the bill so the government doesn't shut down", Sen.

Of the 31 emergencies which remain in effect, others deal with efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, drug trafficking and terrorism, the Brennan Center says. Lindsey Graham, have expressed their support for calling one to build the wall.

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.

In recent decades presidents have sought to expand their authority through the use of executive action.

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