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W.Va. Senators Manchin, Capito OK idea of President Trump national emergency declaration to fund border wall

The Charleston Gazette-Mail

If the president calls an end-run around Congress and funds a border wall through executive powers, he’d do so with the blessing of both of West Virginia’s U.S. Senators.

Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., both said Friday, with different rationales, that they’re OK with President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency in order to secure funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Capito said the border security issue in the U.S. is at both an “emergency” and “crisis” level. Democrats, she said, are not budging from their position of refusing to put money forward for a wall and leaving Trump no other option. …

While Manchin didn’t necessarily support the concept of Trump declaring the emergency, he punted the issue to the judicial branch in hopes that it stops the declaration, if one were to occur. He said the country is facing a “political meltdown” and he’s only being a “realist” in understanding Trump needs an escape hatch from the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. …

Read the entire article at https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/politics/manchin-capito-ok-idea-of-trump-national-emergency-declaration-to/article_49781982-9f6e-5464-8fdf-43d8fd9826d9.html

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