Can Trump Build the Wall Without Approval from Congress?

Senate announces short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown

Stark retreat for Republicans on spending, Trump's wall

The president also put Democrats on notice Thursday about their agenda for the new year, saying he "will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has flawless Border Security". The Senate is expected to take up the legislation as soon as today, and send it to the House for passage before the President can sign it into law, although the House is not expected to take it up until Thursday at the earliest. "We're going to go back and work on adding border security to this". "He has a responsibility to keep the government moving forward, and he has a responsibility to get border security". Earlier this week, though, the White House, through Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, softened their position, saying they'd be willing to negotiate on the budget if Congress was willing to find some of the border wall funding elsewhere.

"The administration can not reprogram funds appropriated by Congress for the full wall without our assent, to do so would violate Congress' Article I powers", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the floor Wednesday.

In a last-ditch attempt to resolve the impasse this year, McConnell on Tuesday proposed giving Trump a $1 billion fund that he could use at his discretion for border security.

Meanwhile, Trump administration officials were looking for ways to build the wall, which the president initially had pledged Mexico would pay for, by reassigning money already doled out to USA agencies for other projects. "Let's build the wall and make sure we do our job in Congress", Meadows said.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer labeled that a "slush fund" that would lack the votes to pass Congress.

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Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, a leading advocate of the conservation fund, says he and other lawmakers are working to reauthorize the program before Congress adjourns for the year. "Why would you?" she asked, arguing that Trump's time in office will one day go down as "a joke presidency that scammed the American people".

Just last week, Trump told Democratic congressional leaders that he'd be "proud" to shut down the government to get his wall money. She reiterated that "wall funding is a nonstarter" but again said that she would be open to providing money for other types of border security.

On Twitter on Wednesday, Trump appeared to respond to criticism that he was backing down, insisting that "One way or the other, we will win on the Wall!"

The president did not publicly comment on the current short-term continuing resolution bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday night to fund the government until February, but he did complain that Congress was funding border security in other countries.

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have made it clear they are not interested in funding Trump's border wall.

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The White House had previously indicated that Trump was open to reviewing whatever Congress could send him. "The president many months ago said he wouldn't sign another funding bill unless we gave him wall funding". We want a secure border. Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not support building the wall & we'll have 0 leverage.

The Senate has passed a stop-gap spending bill, which is a key first step in averting a government shutdown.

It's unclear how many House Republicans, with just a few weeks left in the majority before relinquishing power to House Democrats, will even show up midweek for possible votes. And he said that Trump can't do so without lawmakers' sign-off.

But Rep Adam Smith, a Democrat from Washington, the incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told MSNBC that there has been strong opposition to using Defense Department dollars for border wall construction.

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