At the Border, Trump Moves Closer to Emergency Declaration

House votes to reopen Treasury, IRS, other agencies

Moments after the funding vote, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill that guarantees backpay for federal workers who have been furloughed during the government shutdown.

Visiting a border patrol station in McAllen, Trump viewed tables piled with weapons and narcotics.

Democratic leaders are unanimously opposed to spending money on any new border barriers -although they have offered $1.3 billion to strengthen existing walls and fences, increase hiring at ports of entry and improve technology at the border. The Senate approved the bill unanimously Thursday.

President Trump said in an interview Thursday evening with Fox News's Sean Hannity that he has the "absolute right to declare a national emergency" if no deal is reached with Congressional Democrats.

A congressional official said the White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to look for billions of dollars earmarked previous year for disaster response for Puerto Rico and other areas that could be diverted to a border wall as part of the emergency declaration. That's according to a congressional aide and administration official familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the wall should not be funded "on the pain and suffering" of USA citizens who have faced tragedy after a natural disaster.

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Taking the shutdown fight to the Mexican border, President Donald Trump edged closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency in an extraordinary end run around Congress to fund his long-promised border wall.

It was not clear what a potential compromise between the White House and Congress might entail.

On Friday, the shutdown reached a new milestone by stretching into its 21st day and matching the record for the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, and for many of those federal employees work without pay or on furlough, today marks the first full paycheck they'll miss under the shutdown.

Senate Republicans have stated they won't pass any spending legislation unless President Donald Trump agrees to sign it, but Trump has said he won't sign any bills that don't provide $5.7 billion to fund a barrier at the U.S. -Mexico border.

Republicans are trying to decouple the shutdown, now in its 20th day, from the feud between Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the border wall.

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