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There’s an emergency — and it’s Trump’s power grab

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The Post reports:

Congress on Thursday approved a massive budget deal to avert an impending government shutdown, and President Trump promised to sign it, but only after announcing he would also declare a national emergency so he can get more money for a border wall.

Moments after Trump disclosed his intentions in a phone call with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), McConnell announced the news on the Senate floor, ending days of uncertainty over whether the president would support the $333 billion spending deal, which includes less than a quarter of the money he’s sought for a steel wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

... Many of Trump’s GOP congressional allies called the [declaration] move ­ill-advised, and Democrats promised immediate action aimed at blocking it. And the declaration will probably face legal challenges from states, border residents, civil liberties groups and possibly congressional Democrats.

In a shameful abdication of congressional authority, and in the wake of a bill to address the very “emergency” Trump falsely claims exists, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced he “would support the move, even though he’s been outspoken in opposition to an emergency declaration.” He did not, however, have his troops behind him on this one.

As might be expected, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) released a joint statement blasting the move. “Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall,” they said. “It is yet another........

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