WASHINGTON (WFSB) - Some federal employees in Connecticut said they're breathing a sigh of relief after a bill was passed to keep the government funding.
However, a new point of contention has developed in Washington.
Friday morning, President Donald Trump said he's going to sign a national emergency declaration to get funding for border security.
He began making his remarks around 10:30 a.m.
"We have an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into this country," Trump said during his news conference.
Trump said the declaration papers were ready, he just needed to finish signing them.
Congress passed the comprehensive spending and border security bill on Thursday night to avoid another government shutdown.
The bill includes $1.4 billion for border fencing, which is far short of the $5.7 billion the president wanted for a wall.
That's why the White House said the president plans to declare the national emergency at the southern border.
Trump claims it's a humanitarian crisis.
The declaration gives the president the authority to seize property and redirect funding without Congressional approval.
"Moving things around and we're doing things that are fantastic and taking from far less, really from far less important areas," Trump explained.
Democrats plan to challenge the declaration. It's expected to be immediately contested in federal court.
"We will not have an end line run around the Congress of the United States," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat.
A recent CBS News poll said two-thirds of Americans think Trump should not declare a national emergency. Both Democrats and Republicans have opposed it.
Connecticut lawmakers reacted to the news shortly after the president's news conference.
“I strongly oppose [the] president’s announcement that he will misuse emergency powers to divert military construction funding to pay for a border wall," said Rep. Joe Courtney, a Democrat representing Connecticut's 2nd District. "Simply stated, this is not a proper use of the President’s authority and will harm rather than strengthen our national security."
The state Senate's president pro tempore called the declaration a dangerous precedent.
“Declaring a national emergency for one party’s pet project to satisfy the far right is a dangerous precedent that not only undermines the United States Constitution but also raises serious questions for Connecticut," said Sen. Martin Looney, a Democrat. "The raid of federal funding from the Pentagon and the Treasury Department to pay for the Republican’s wall should have all Connecticut state officials concerned on how this will impact eastern Connecticut and our submarine base, Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney, and funding for Medicare and Medicaid. President Trump has mortgaged his presidency to his vanity and created peril for our democracy in doing so.”
Rep. Jahana Hayes said she voted in favor of Thursday night's bipartisan bill but remains opposed to the declaration.
“I am disheartened to hear that President Trump is circumventing this negotiated agreement and would prefer instead to declare a national emergency that will usurp and defy the will of Congress – a coequal branch of government – to fulfill a campaign promise," Hayes said. "It is the job of Congress to allocate funding and President Trump should not initiate this power grab of declaring an emergency where one does not actually exist.”
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