Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

No emergency declaration to end US govt shutdown

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Ellis Copeland | 13 January, 2019, 14:53

"It's absurd, the arguments that are being made right now", he said.

"But to understand that plan you would have to understand the fact that I won the election, and I promised. a Wall at the Southern Border".

Other possibilities included tapping asset forfeiture funds, such as money seized from drug kingpins, according to a congressional Republican not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

"They can hold oversight hearings if they're so inclined, but in order to actually stop the emergency they would need to have a veto-proof majority in both houses", Boyle said. He said he's giving Congress a chance to "act responsibly". "I could do that very quickly", Trump said during a White House event on border security. Paychecks were due Friday, but many workers received stubs with zeroes.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, travelling in Abu Dhabi, claimed that morale is good among U.S. diplomats even as many work without pay.

It said that most smuggling is done "through United States ports of entry (POEs) in passenger vehicles with concealed compartments or commingled with legitimate goods on tractor trailers".

In past all shutdowns, both furloughed and nonfurloughed workers have gotten back pay, though federal contractors and their employees are generally left uncompensated.

As the partial government shutdown reached a record 22nd day on Saturday, President Trump blamed Democrats and called on them to end it by agreeing to his demand to fund a border wall.

Overall, Democrats appear somewhat more conciliatory than Republicans.

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Nevertheless the administration has accelerated planning for it. Officials explored diverting money from a range of accounts, including $13.9 billion given to the Army Corps of Engineers after last year's deadly hurricanes and floods.

An emergency declaration could activate special powers under which the president can redirect federal money without additional authorization from Congress.

NBC News reported on Thursday that Mr Trump had been briefed on such a plan but the White House denied it.

U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd L) speaks as (L-R) Sheriff Carolyn "Bunny" Welsh of Chester County of Pennsylvania, Sheriff A.J. Louderback of Jackson County of Texas, and Pastor Pasqual Urrabazo of International Church of Las Vegas, listen during a round-table discussion on border security and safe communities with State, local, and community leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on January 11, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Until Friday, Trump had suggested numerous times that he was getting closer to taking the controversial decision. Jared Kushner was among those opposed to the declaration, arguing to his father-in-law that pursuing a broader immigration deal was a better option.

"We know that roughly, almost 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News, "and we know that our most vulnerable point of entry is at our southern border". "Yes", Meadows told reporters this week.

But Trump has turned his single-minded push for more walls into a political crusade that opponents say is a stunt to stoke xenophobia in his right-wing voter base while willfully ignoring the border's complex realities.

For Trump, who visited the Texas border with Mexico on Thursday, the border situation amounts to an invasion by criminals that can only be solved by more walls. It would allow him to tap unspent Defense dollars to pay for construction. "I would nearly say definitely", Trump said on Thursday when asked if he'd make such a move, the Times reported. "But those same conservatives, I'm sure, if it's deployed, would embrace him as having done all he could do to negotiate with Democrats".

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