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"It's not an emergency what's happening at the border", Pelosi said and added that by making the declaration, Trump was making an "end run around Congress".

Democrats have vowed to respond appropriately to any declaration, saying it would be a "lawless act".

Failure to enact it would shutter many government programs, from national parks maintenance and air traffic controller training programs to the collection and publication of important data for financial markets, for the second time this year. That's less than the $1.6 billion for border security in a bipartisan Senate bill that Trump spurned months ago, and enough for building just 55 miles of barricades, not the 200-plus miles he'd sought.

President Donald Trump will sign a bill to avert another government shutdown, but also issue a national emergency declaration to build a wall on the USA southern border, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, replacing lawmakers' most pressing problem with one that strikes at their power to spend money.

Trump's declaration is expected to be challenged in court. "The president has tried to sell a bill of goods to the American people", she said, instead suggesting that Trump to "declare a national emergency around gun violence" on the anniversary of the Parkland mass shooting.

Reaction to Trump's intention to declare a national emergency has been swift. What will happen once it's declared? He can do so at will.

An emergency declaration will mean funding is shifted from other federal priorities to ensure the wall is built. "Some of those provisions include the ability to seize commodities or property; control production, transportation and communication; institute martial law or restrict travel, according to the report". "That's a national emergency".

Funding is due to expire for a range of federal agencies on Friday.

Congressional aides said House Democrats would take various steps to try to block Trump's emergency, possibly including a lawsuit. "Where is the urgency?"

But as president he has so far been unable to get the necessary funding to advance it. It was his most enduring pledge from his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, with his most ardent supporters often shouting, "build the wall!"

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Pelosi stressed Thursday that the U.S. lawmakers would be prepared to respond appropriately to Trump's declaration of a national emergency, adding that they could file a legal challenge on the matter.

She added there are actual emergencies in the US, citing the Parkland school shooting which occurred one year ago today. Go into the defense bill and move money around like Congress allows you to do a year ago and build this damn wall. "A Democratic president can declare emergencies as well".

Legal experts have also questioned whether Trump could use the military to build the wall and whether there will be problems with the military, without congressional authorization, seizing private land along the border to build the wall.

"But I have to tell you, what just unfolded on the Senate floor captures the day on the hill today, as well as the mood for the entire country", Hunt said Thursday.

The president maintains that the wall is necessary to stem irregular immigration and drug trafficking.

Democrats flatly reject the president's description of the situation at the border, arguing that more humanitarian aid is needed and that points of entry need to be hardened.

She said: "We will review our options and prepare to respond to it".

"It's important to note that when the president declares this emergency, first of all, it's not an emergency", Pelosi said.

However, there were a few last minute add-ons that Democrats managed to get into the legislation, including a $450 million budget to spend on humanitarian services for illegal immigrants.

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