White house rejects army corps of engineers, and the funding of border security

nearvideo Republicans say some Democrats, who used to be in favor of a border wall are the hypocrites who are now against him

How many legislators face calls of hypocrisy against a wall, that they have supported in the past, Democrats say, things have changed, Peter Doocy reports from Capitol Hill.

The White house, the Army Corps of Engineers “looking at possible ways of funding the border security,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News on Friday night, as the ongoing partial federal government shutdown over money for a boundary wall is less than two days away from the longest in the history of the nation.

Separately, Fox News, the White house is directed to examine the Corps. February 2018 emergency additional disaster assistance for California, Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico, to see, among other authorities, what is not spent funds could be redirected to a border wall, according to a congressional aide familiar with the matter.

Such a step, even a national emergency may require, declare to the President, to have access to these funds for the construction of the wall, because they were designed for a different purpose. The discussions with the Corps suggest that the White house is looking closely at the possibility of Declaration of such emergency, as Trump floated.several times in the last few days

Sanders said Trump has not met with the corps to discuss the matter.

Approximately $13.9 billion is approved by the congressionally. February 2018 additional spending bill to cover natural disasters, and much of the available money comes from protection of high-water-projects, told Fox News. The Military construction appropriations bill could provide additional funds in the event of an emergency Declaration.

President Donald Trump speaks at the U.S.-Mexico border on the Rio Grande at the southern border on Thursday as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, listened. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Earlier Thursday, Trump told reporters, “I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency,” and that, “if this doesn’t work…I would say almost definitely.”

The President who promised before and after his election, Mexico “is to pay for the wall.” On Thursday, Trump — again, a familiar argument in recent weeks-said the favorable business conditions in the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA), signed last year, but still not law in the US effectively Fund the wall, and fulfil this promise.

“If I tell you to do Mexico’ s gonna pay for the wall, you think that you are going to write a check?” Trump asked. “No, you have to pay for the wall in a large trading range.”

Texas Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, speaking at a press conference after President Trump’s visit to McAllen, Texas, and charged later in the day, that the progressive wing of the Democratic party, the blame for the partial shutdown and that no compromise seemed likely as a result.

“I think the President came down to hear the number one, to listen to the law enforcement authorities to listen to the Border Patrol, but also to emphasize the need for border security,” Cruz told reporters. “Border security in the Washington area, where you will find the cross-party agreement. It is still in Texas. Unfortunately, in Washington, we are in a different environment.”


Cruz added: “The objection that the Senate Democrats’ to the proposal of the President, not a contradiction. “That was 5.7 billion US dollars for border security, including a physical barrier. Both Schumer and virtually all of the Senate Democrats preivously had for $ 40 billion for border security, including a physical barrier.”

Schumer and other Democrats, including then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, supported the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which authorized the construction of 700 miles of fencing on the border. Starting in 2015, all of which had been completed the fencing will come in handy, according to the government.

President Donald Trump welcomed as he was by the U.S.-Mexico border on the Rio Grande at the southern border, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

“Both Schumer and Pelosi feel trapped by the extreme left of the Democratic party, and so they have forced the shutdown,” Cruz added.

Cornyn, Texas “senior senator,” said security expert supports the need for a wall.


“Yes, in some places, we need a physical barrier, because what the experts tell us — that’s what the Border Patrol says to us,” said Cornyn. “I’d much rather listen to the experts, the politicians in Washington, DC”

Meanwhile, democratic senators and Union leaders led Federal workers in rallies in the White house and across the country on Thursday, just a day before the partial shutdown over the border-wall-to deny funding threatens all of them your first full salary.

Approximately 420,000 employees were deemed essential and are working unpaid. A further 380,000 were to stay home without pay. On Thursday afternoon, according to assurances from Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., President Trump would sign the bill, which the Senate passed a bill, the pay for furloughed Federal workers.

Sources say, President Trump killed an effort by Sen. Lindsey Graham to end the partial shutdown of cross-border financing

Some Republican senators tried to craft a way out of the shutdown by the combination of the border security money with the immigration of the measures supported by the Democrats; chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel reports from Capitol Hill.

Statistics of the Department of labor showed a total of 4.760 employees of the Federal authorities filed for unemployment assistance in the last week in December, an increase of 3,831 of the 929 before reported in the week.

“The shutdown of the government is not a policy that should be followed,” House majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., a boisterous crowd of protesters in Washington, DC said on Thursday. Some close to the White house, “chanted the Make your work so we can do ours.”

Some differences of opinion about the way, it was clear among the top Republicans on Thursday. South Carolina Republican sen Lindsey Graham in a statement, urged to explain Trump, a national state of emergency, to build up the wall of, say, house Democrats are refusing to negotiate reasonably. Sources told Fox News that Trump killed earlier, an attempt by Graham to end the shutdown with a possible compromise.

“I would advise against it as a bad precedent, even if the President has the authority to do it,” sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told Fox News. “I would advise against it, and I think that each page should be set to negotiate something on the table.”


Should move the White house forward with an emergency Declaration, it has to take a handful of legal routes to. The National Emergencies Act grants to explain to the President extensive powers, emergencies, and several Federal laws could then continue the way to the White house to build a wall.

A Statute, 33 U.S. Code § 2293 – “reprogramming during national emergencies” allows the President to “apply the resources of the Department of the army civilian work-to build the program, including resources, personnel and equipment, or to support the construction, operation, maintenance, and repair of authorized civil works, military construction and civil defense projects that are essential to the national defense.”

Another law, 10 U.S. Code, § 2808 – “construction authority in the event of a Declaration of war or national emergency,” allows the Secretary of defense in a presidentially emergency, the use of “funds appropriated for military construction” for carrying out “military construction projects.”

Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Alex Pappas, John Roberts and Mike Emanunel contributed to this report.

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