The government shutdown caused by the border wall standoff is now in its 21st day—tied for the longest ever—and both sides are braced for President Trump to use his emergency powers to break the impasse and pay for the wall. Many Republicans are uncomfortable with the idea, but Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said it was time for the move Thursday, CNN reports. Nancy Pelosi's "refusal to negotiate" on funding "virtually ends the congressional path to funding for a border wall/barrier," Graham said in a statement. "It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier." He acknowledged that such a move would face court challenges to determine whether it fits the "statutory definition of emergency." More:
- Trump eyes disaster funding. Sources tell the Washington Post that Trump may be preparing to get the Army to build the wall, using some of the $13.9 billion allocated to the Army Corps of Engineers for public works projects in a disaster spending bill passed after devastating floods and wildfires last year. The sources say Trump is also eyeing money in the military construction budget. Several Republicans have criticized the plan. "I don't like the idea of pulling money out of defense and military construction and the Army Corps of Engineers," says Republican Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho. "That’s not a good option."