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Pentagon approves $1bn for Trump’s border wall as Congress set to vote on emergency declaration

Pentagon approves $  1bn for Trump’s border wall as Congress set to vote on emergency declarationThe Pentagon has authorised army engineers to begin construction of additional fencing on the US-Mexico border, diverting an initial $ 1bn after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to bypass Congress on the matter. The army would begin planning and building 57 miles of 18-foot-high fencing in Yuma, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas, according to a statement by acting defence secretary Patrick Shanahan. Mr Trump declared the emergency on 15 February after Congress refused his request for $ 5.7bn (£4.4bn).



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Trump news – live: Outrage over president's fresh attack on late John McCain’s 'very evil purposes', as anger mounts over Golan Heights declaration

Trump news - live: Outrage over president's fresh attack on late John McCain’s 'very evil purposes', as anger mounts over Golan Heights declarationDonald Trump has yet again attacked John McCain in an interview with Fox Business, calling out the late senator’s “very evil purposes” in handing the FBI the Steele Dossier, which, he told host Maria Bartiromo, was “paid for by Hillary Clinton”.



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Sasse Backs Trump’s Emergency Declaration Despite Executive-Overreach Concern

Sasse Backs Trump’s Emergency Declaration Despite Executive-Overreach ConcernSenator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) on Thursday voted against a resolution condemning President Trump's national-emergency declaration despite his repeated insistence that the declaration usurped Congress's constitutional authority.In a statement explaining his decision to oppose the resolution, Sasse acknowledged that in its current form the National Emergencies Act of 1976 was "overly broad" and said that, while he would like to reform the law, Trump's emergency declaration does not violate it.“We have an obvious crisis at the border — everyone who takes an honest look at the spiking drug and human trafficking numbers knows this — and the President has a legal path to a rapid response under the National Emergencies Act of 1976 (NEA). I think that law is overly broad and I want to fix it, but at present Nancy Pelosi doesn't, so I am therefore voting against her politically motivated resolution,” the statement read. “As a constitutional conservative, I believe that the NEA currently on the books should be narrowed considerably. That’s why I’m an original sponsor of Senator Lee's legislation, and it is why I have repeatedly gone to the White House to seek support for NEA reform.”Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) called Trump Wednesday afternoon in an ultimately futile effort to secure a compromise whereby the White House would approve reforms to the National Emergencies Act in exchange for Republican support for Trump's emergency declaration. Sasse joined Senators Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) and Ted Cruz (R., Texas) at a White House meeting Wednesday evening, where they, too, tried unsuccessfully to negotiate a compromise that would address Republican concerns regarding executive overreach, according to the Washington Post.Following Trump's February 14 national-emergency declaration, Sasse expressed concerns about the recent influx of illegal immigrants arriving at the southern border, but warned conservatives that resorting to a national emergency declaration to fund the wall would prove costly in time.“We absolutely have a crisis at the border, but as a Constitutional conservative I don’t want a future Democratic President unilaterally rewriting gun laws or climate policy,” Sasse said in a statement provided to National Review on February 15. “If we get used to presidents just declaring an emergency any time they can’t get what they want from Congress, it will be almost impossible to go back to a Constitutional system of checks and balances. Over the past decades, the legislative branch has given away too much power and the executive branch has taken too much power.”The resolution, which Trump has repeatedly vowed to veto, passed 51–49 with the support of twelve Republicans.> 12 Senate Republicans have voted Yes on disapproval resolution (vote still open): > Alexander > Blunt > Collins > Lee > Moran > Murkowski > Paul > Portman > Romney > Rubio > Toomey > Wicker> > — Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) March 14, 2019Even assuming Trump's veto is not overridden, the emergency declaration will still have to overcome numerous legal challenges before the $ 3.6 billion in military funding that Trump requested can be redirected for the construction of a border wall.



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House votes to block Trump's border emergency declaration

House votes to block Trump's border emergency declarationThe U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to revoke Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on the border with Mexico, handing the president a stinging rebuke on his signature issue. In a 245-182 vote, the Democratic-majority House rejected Trump’s assertion that he could use money for the wall that Congress had appropriated for other purposes.



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Former Republican Lawmakers Urge Congress to Block Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

Former Republican Lawmakers Urge Congress to Block Trump’s National Emergency DeclarationA group of former Republican lawmakers urged Congressional Republicans to block President Trump's emergency declaration in an open letter released Monday.Five former Senators and 19 House members signed the letter, which was first published by Politico, calling on Congress to support a joint resolution ending the national emergency Trump declared earlier this month.“We who have signed this letter are no longer Members of Congress but that oath still burns within us,” the former lawmakers write. “That is why we are coming together to urge those of you who are now charged with upholding the authority of the first branch of government to resist efforts to surrender those powers to a president.”Trump resorted to a national emergency declaration after Republicans on a specially-designated conference committee failed to secure the $ 5.7 billion he had long demanded for the construction of a border wall as part of a broader spending package.The former lawmakers, all of whom served between 1967 and 2013, embraced a common critique of the national emergency declaration, pointing out that the expansion of executive authority would eventually be wielded against Republicans by a Democratic administration.“What will you do when a president of another party uses the precedent you are establishing to impose policies to which you are unalterably opposed?” they ask. “There is no way around this difficulty: what powers are ceded to a president whose policies you support may also be used by presidents whose policies you abhor.”The House will vote this week on a resolution to end the national emergency, which has thus far received the support of only one Republican, Representative Justin Amash of Michigan.



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Pro-Trump political group launches ad campaign to back border emergency declaration

Pro-Trump political group launches ad campaign to back border emergency declarationThe America First Policies ad features former Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan, who served under former President Barack Obama, discussing dangers at the border and urging construction of a wall, according to a video seen by Reuters. America First Policies will spend $ 250,000 on the ad campaign, which will air on Fox News starting on Tuesday and conclude on Friday, according to Erin Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the group. The group will also launch a text message campaign aimed at Trump supporters in 31 congressional districts that are represented by a Democrat but where Trump won in 2016.



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Democrats plan House vote Tuesday on measure to stop Trump's declaration of emergency at the border

Democrats plan House vote Tuesday on measure to stop Trump's declaration of emergency at the borderMany Republicans are uneasy with the president declaring a national emergency to get border wall funding, but it's unclear if they'll vote against it.



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House Democrats move to block Trump's emergency declaration on border

House Democrats move to block Trump's emergency declaration on borderDemocrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to introduce a resolution on Friday to end President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration on border security, according to aides to Representative Joaquin Castro. Trump declared a national emergency last week in order to take money Congress had appropriated for other activities and use it to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump’s move came after Congress declined to fulfill his request for $ 5.7 billion to help build the wall this year.



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The 4 Legal Challenges Facing Trump's Emergency Declaration

The 4 Legal Challenges Facing Trump's Emergency DeclarationSince President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to build a border wall multiple groups are already challenging the move in court.



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Trump news: California attorney general sues White House over national emergency declaration with 12 states expected to join

Trump news: California attorney general sues White House over national emergency declaration with 12 states expected to joinDonald Trump is being accused of waging a “relentless attack” on the FBI since taking office as the fallout from his decision to declare a national emergency to secure border wall funding continues. The remark comes from former deputy director of the bureau Andrew McCabe – dismissed by ex-attorney general Jeff Sessions in March 2018 after being accused of leaking information to the media – in an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition to promote his new insider account of the bureau, The Threat. President Trump has already responded angrily on Twitter to Mr McCabe’s appearance on CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday, in which the latter said he had discussed removing the president under the 25th Amendment and ordered an investigation into whether ex-director James Comey was removed in May 2017 to impede the Russian election hacking investigation.



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