Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Bill Allowing Post-Shutdown Federal Employee Back Pay Heads To Trump

Bill Allowing Post-Shutdown Federal Employee Back Pay Heads To Trump

"I will build a great, great wall on our southern border", he declared on June 16, 2015 at Trump Tower in NY. When Pelosi replied "no", Trump by his admission put his hands up in exasperation and said "bye bye".

The White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to comb through its budget, including $13.9 billion in emergency funds that Congress earmarked past year, to see what money could be diverted to the wall as part of a declaration. Graham and other GOP leaders proposed to let congressional committees hammer out details for funding a border barrier while passing a separate bill to end the shutdown, but Trump shot down the plan, Politico reported.

Trump was consulting with White House lawyers and allies about using emergency powers to take action on his own, and over the objections of Congress, to construct the wall.

The president is requesting Congress to approve $5.7 billion to help fulfill a campaign promise to build a wall along the US southern border.

"We can declare a national emergency".

The emergency funds had been set aside for California in the wake of devastating wildfires that tore through 1.8 million acres in the state this year, as well as Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida as they continue to recover from 2017 and 2018's hurricanes and prepare for similar storms in the coming years.

Today marks the 21st day of the partial shutdown that started days before Christmas over a standoff between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over funding for the President's long-promised border wall.

A second official with knowledge of the proposal said it would fund construction of about 315 miles (500 kilometers) of border barrier.

Regardless of where the money is found, an emergency declaration would draw immediate legal challenge from Democrats, who have accused Trump of trying to manufacture a crisis at the southern border to justify his wall.

But even some Republican lawmakers uneasy about the idea of pulling money from Army Corps projects saw few alternate options. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fl.), meanwhile, has a different worry: that the next Democrat could use their emergency powers to say "we have to build transgender bathrooms in every elementary school in America", Talking Points Memo reports.

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