NATIONAL NEWS: Emergency declared over border situation but spending bill looks to be passed to keep federal government operating
Another government shutdown avoided with spending bill agreement, Trump says he will declare emergency on US-Mexico border…
President Trump is expected to sign a bipartisan government spending bill that was approved by Congress on Thursday. It would prevent another government shutdown and included funding well short than what was asked for a border wall between US and Mexico. President Trump announced on Friday he would declare a national emergency at the border. According to Reuters, the White House said the administration has found nearly $7 billion in funds to reallocate to the wall, including money from the US Treasury Department, the Defense Department drug interdiction fund and the military’s construction budget.
The funds would only partially cover the estimated $23 billion in construction costs for the wall along the 2,000-mile border. The current spending bill gives $1.4 billion for border barriers.
Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers came out in opposition yesterday to Trump’s emergency declaration. More