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Trump Plans to Sign the Border Deal—and Declare a National Emergency

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The Senate was a familiar holding pattern Thursday afternoon: waiting to hear whether President Trump would sign Congress’ compromise spending deal, which appropriated not nearly the amount of money he wants to build his “border wall,” before voting on it. Trump, despite hinting throughout the week that he would sign the bill and supplement its border security provisions with a smattering of additional funds later, had begun to waffle. Republican senators were literally praying Thursday for Trump sign it and avoid another calamitous government shutdown.

Around 3 p.m., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came to the Senate floor to provide an update.

“[Trump] has indicated he is........

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