‘May declare a national emergency’ to build wall

‘May declare a national emergency’ to build wall

Attendees of the events describe them as crucial opportunities for scientists from the government, the private sector and academia to exchange research and ideas. These workers typically receive back pay after a shutdown ends, but it is not guaranteed. "If they don't want to, it's going to go on for a long time".

An impasse with lawmakers over funding for the border wall - Trump is demanding $5.6 billion, while Senate Democrats have offered $1.3 billion - has partially shut down the federal government since December 22.

On Sunday, Mr Trump pledged not to bend in his demand for $5.6 billion to pay for the wall but said the barrier could be made of steel instead of concrete as a potential compromise with Democrats who refuse to fund it.

A further complication: Trump's long practice of contradicting his aides makes it hard for anyone else to negotiate on his behalf.

'We have an absolute crisis, ' he said of the border.

"I can relate", Trump said.

On Monday, President Trump announced that he would be addressing the nation on the humanitarian crisis on our southern border.

Smith said declaring a national emergency would be "wide open to court challenges", adding that using the military to build the wall would amount to "a awful use of Department of Defense dollars".

"Emergency powers are meant to be used for emergencies, not to settle political disputes or to shortcut the political process", Goitein said. Senate Republicans so far have not taken it up.

"Let's get those reopened while the negotiations continue", Collins said on NBC's Meet the Press.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will send more bills to re-open government to the Senate this week. His administration has already spent millions constructing wall prototypes near the border in San Diego.

Trump's acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told CNN on Sunday that Democratic negotiators seemed to have come to the talks Saturday "to stall". We had a two hour meeting over whether or not a 20 foot high, 30 foot high steel bollard, steel slat barrier is a wall or not. But a Democratic aide familiar with the meeting said Democrats urged the White House to pass measures to reopen the government without wall funding and Mr Pence said Mr Trump would not do that.

In retaliation, Trump has refused to sign a wider spending package - leaving sections of the federal government without funding and hundreds of thousands of employees facing delays in their paychecks.

"Declaring the emergency is pretty easy", said Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice.

US President Donald Trump plans to deliver a prime-time address to the nation on immigration and visit the US-Mexico border as his administration grapples with a partial federal shutdown that began 16 days ago over his demand for funding for a border wall.

It's unclear whether the networks will take it or have yet been formally asked. Trump stated late last week that he would consider utilizing 10 USC §2808 or 10 USC §284 in order to use the military to build the wall.

However, such a move could face legal challenges in court.

The administration has also raised the specter of terrorists crossing the border, although many of these claims are overblown.

In a press conference in the Rose Garden afterward, Trump confirmed he "absolutely" said he'd keep the government shuttered that long.

Ms Pelosi said after the failed talks on Saturday her party would introduce piecemeal bills aimed at reopening certain government agencies, starting with the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department.

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