US President Donald Trump is said to be prepared to declare national emergency. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Trump is “prepared to sign the bill” keeping the government open.
At the same time, he added that Trump also will be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time to get his border wall built, since Congress won’t give him the money he wants.
As per indications available, Trump is preparing to sign the bipartisan deal to fund the government rather than shutting it down for a second time in two months, but as the final decision approached and right-wing pundits like Laura Ingraham panned the deal.
Signing the bill and declaring a national emergency gives Trump a way to avoid a shutdown while also avoiding the wrath of the right-wing pundits who rule his world. It is believed that a national emergency is all but guaranteed to face court challenges.
Moreover, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can force a vote on ending the national emergency. While such a resolution is unlikely to get through the Senate, let alone past a Trump veto, it would get individual Republicans on the record about what’s likely to be a very unpopular decision by a very unpopular president.
The Senate has passed the funding bill 83-16. Notable votes in opposition include Democratic presidential primary candidates Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren.