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"So, for all of my colleagues, the president will sign the bill".

President Donald Trump plans on signing a bill to fund the federal government, averting another shut down that would take effect Friday night.

The bill allocating just $1.3 billion for a barrier along the US-Mexico border - a far cry from the $5.7 billion requested by Trump - has been approved by the Senate and is now going through the House.

It includes almost $1.4 billion for the southern border wall, significantly less than Trump's requested $5.7 billion.

The legislation hammered out by Congress this week does not include money for a concrete wall, but it does allocate $1.37bn in funding for physical barriers. A political impasse over the wall sparked a 35-day shutdown of much of the federal government-the longest government shutdown in US history-that ended with an interim deal in early January.

The question took on renewed urgency Thursday, with the news breaking that Trump planned to declare an emergency so he can bypass Congress and build his wall along the southwestern border and fulfill his signature campaign promise. In a surprising development, Mr McConnell said he would support Mr Trump's emergency declaration, a turnabout for the Kentucky Republican, who like many lawmakers had opposed such action.

The bill, passed overwhelmingly by both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday, contains money for fencing and other forms of border security. "Declare a national emergency because it is and move the money around and secure this border".

And, as much as the president may like to spin this as a victory by other means, he still backed down in the face of Democratic resistance in Congress.

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She has not said if House Democrats would legally challenge the president. "He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time", the majority leader declared from the Senate floor.

"Fixing our broken immigration system is the true, long-term solution to border protection, economic security and a humane, compassionate response to people seeking safety and a better life for themselves and their families in America", he said. Elizabeth Goitein of the Brennan Center for Justice told PBS in early January "that really, all the president has to do under the act is issue a declaration that he signs saying that he thinks there's a national emergency".

"We have a government that has a constitution that has a division of power, and revenue raising and spending power was given to Congress", said Sen.

The president's response was to say, in effect: So what? But those forfeiture funds are not going to provide the kind of money that the president wants in order to build a wall.

The almost 1,200 page legislation would fund nine Cabinet departments and dozens of other agencies through September 30.

"If Trump oversteps his authority and abandons negotiations with Congress by declaring a fabricated national emergency, we won't only call his bluff, we will do what we must to hold him accountable", Becerra said in a statement.

Simply having the money available would not resolve potential roadblocks to building the wall on the local level, the aides said.

Some in Congress, including many Republicans, have suggested a national emergency could be executive overreach. Sen. In this case, it would allow Trump to redirect federal funds from elsewhere to pay for his border wall.


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