Trump says he will not be declaring a national emergency 'right now'

Trump says he will not be declaring a national emergency 'right now'

Trump says he will not be declaring a national emergency 'right now'

The National Federation of Federal Employees, National Association of Government Employees, the National Weather Service Employees Organization and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - representing a combined 244,000 members working in coastal Virginia, southern California, central Montana and the Washington area - filed suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Friday, demanding full compensation for time and overtime worked over the three weeks of the shutdown. "You know the politicians say, "they'll never pay" - 100 percent", Trump said. But I'm not going to do it so fast. Some 800,000 federal workers are affected with about half required to work without pay and the other half furloughed.

Some US media reports suggest the White House is considering diverting some of the $13.9bn allocated a year ago by Congress for disaster relief in such areas as Puerto Rico, Texas and California to pay for the wall.

Democrats say Trump shut the government in a "temper tantrum" by refusing to sign bipartisan funding legislation previous year that did not include money for his wall. They call the wall ineffective and say it's a symbol that does not reflect the nation's values.

Ricardo Rossello's plea followed reports the White House has asked the Army Corps of Engineers to look into ways to divert funds destined for natural disaster relief for the wall. Nine of 15 cabinet-level departments were not funded. "What we're not looking to do right now is national emergency".

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, part of the GOP leadership, said at a forum Friday in Austin that the lawmakers "worked very hard to make sure that the victims of Hurricane Harvey - their concerns are addressed and Texas is able to rebuild".

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But some in the White House are trying to apply the brakes. The person was unauthorized to discuss private sessions and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"We want Congress to do its job", the president said in a discussion on border security at the White House. "Yes", Meadows told reporters this week. The chamber wrapped up business for the week without taking up the House-passed bill.

"Most of them are living from paycheck to paycheck and now they approach this day on Friday having moved from paycheck to no check", Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings said in debate on the House floor. "But do not hold 800,000 people's lives as political pawns". But he was persuaded that the seriousness of the moment warranted the Oval Office for his speech to the nation this week about the fight over the border wall. The president also expressed misgivings about his visit to the border, believing it would do little to change anyone's mind.

Since the shutdown began in late December, the Trump Administration has touted several statistics to suggest that there is an imminent national security crisis at the southern border. Later, he tried to blame Democrats for the shutdown, claiming he's flexible about the needed barrier.

"They can name it 'peaches.' I don't care what they name it".

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House Democrats as well as a smattering of Republicans voted this week in favor of bills to reopen portions of the government. It would allow him to tap unspent Defense dollars to pay for construction.

Such a move could put Republicans in a bind.

Mr Trump said yesterday the "easy solution" would be to call a national emergency before adding he wanted Congress to resolve the issue. "Most conservatives want it to be the last resort he would use". Susan Collins of ME and Sen.

But Trump himself has undermined that case, arguing that he'll declare a national emergency largely because Congress won't give him the funding to build the wall in the budget bill.

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