McCarthy: Unlikely Trump will have to declare a national emergencyBaltimore Post-Examiner

McCarthy: Unlikely Trump will have to declare a national emergency

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he does not think President Donald Trump will have to declare a national emergency to get a wall built along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I believe at the end of the day we should get this done legislatively and I’m looking forward to making that happen,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) told TMN at a news conference on Wednesday, when asked if the president should bypass Congress if the bipartisan-bicameral conference committee on border security cannot reach an agreement.

The 17-member panel held its first meeting last week. Today the committee reportedly received a classified briefing from border security officials.

The lawmakers are tasked with coming up with a comprehensive agreement prior to Feb. 15, when funding for nine executive departments will expire.

The committee was formed last month as part of an agreement to end a 35-day-long partial government shutdown.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has ruled out the inclusion of wall money in any legislation.

Trump has said that, if necessary, he will declare a national emergency to get the wall built. But the president also has said that Congress should be partly responsible for resolving the impasse over border security.

This article is republished with permission from Talk Media News 

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