Top Republicans say Trump could still declare a national emergency to get money for the wall, even if he signs the bipartisan border-security deal
The bipartisan conference committee has finalized their border security proposal that would help avert another government shutdown.
President Trump has so far been unenthusiastic about the deal.
Top Senate Republicans told INSIDER that the border security proposal is just a first step and could lead to more action from Trump, including an emergency declaration.
WASHINGTON — Just as the conference committee reached an agreement on a border security proposal and avert another partial government shutdown, top Republicans are suggesting President Donald Trump could still act unilaterally to bolster construction of physical barriers along the United States-Mexico border.
Republicans who spoke to INSIDER have characterized the final agreement as the best they could get while working with Democrats, but said that further steps might need to be taken for Trump to be fully satisfied.
“I never expected to get a whole lot more wall money — barrier money,” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said. “So he’ll go the emergency route here pretty soon.”
Graham, a close confidant of the president, added he expects Trump to “take the difference between what was appropriated and what he needs and find it through executive action.”
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The bipartisan, bicameral proposal includes nearly $1.4 billion for physical barriers, far less than the original $5.7 billion the White House demanded. Republicans touted the current number as a win over Democrats who had previously pledged that not a dime would go to any wall funding, but suggested more steps could be necessary.
“The delta between $1.375 [billion] and $5.7 [billion] can be made up in two ways: the reprogramming of money through existing statues and declaring a national emergency and using that vehicle to find funds,” he said. “I …read more
Source:: Business Insider