Senate passes bill guaranteeing back pay for workers after shutdown ends

11 January, 2019, 15:42 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Sen. Marco Rubio: National Emergency Move Could Hurt GOP

The time has come for US President Donald Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a wall on the US border with Mexico, Senator Lindsey Graham said in a statement. "They are", Trump said, going on to repeat his repeatedly debunked claim that Mexico would pay for the wall through the newly-revised NAFTA trade deal, now known as the USMCA agreement, still unapproved by Congress. Trump on Thursday toured the U.S. -Mexico border in Texas to draw attention to the need for more border security. "They have women tied up, they have tape over their mouths, electrical tape".

McConnell has made clear that he won't take up any legislation related to the shutdown in the Senate that President Donald Trump won't sign.

He added the president has to keep his campaign promise he would build a wall along the nation's southern border, but declaring the situation a national emergency would set up a unsafe precedent.

"Death is pouring through", Trump said.

"I am respectfully cancelling my very important trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum", he said in a tweet. While he maintains that he has the "absolute right" to do so, both Republicans and Democrats believe the move would be challenged in court.

"Time for President [Trump] to use emergency powers to build wall/barrier", Graham said via Twitter on Thursday. President Trump is not expected to declare a national emergency while there, though people close to the President caution this could change.

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But pressed on a timeline for doing so, he said he would "see what happens" over the coming days.

However, it would still give Trump political cover with his base by showing he'd done what he could.

White House officials, even those who feel they've "won" the shutdown messaging so far, say they believe things will take a turn starting Friday, when hundreds of thousands of federal workers won't receive their paychecks.

Trump, who revels in telling stories about his negotiating skills as a NY real estate magnate, has not managed to get the Democrats to budge on his demand for the $5.7 billion. Talks with Democrats stalled Wednesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the President she would not support building a barrier structure on the US-Mexico border. "I hope it works", he added.

Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, told journalists Trump "sort of slammed the table", then "got up and walked out". "Somebody has got to get some energy to fix this", Graham said.

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