President Trump on Friday declared a national emergency and signed a funding bill Congress passed Thursday to avert a partial government shutdown. The bill includes $1.75 billion for border fencing, and Trump aims to obtain an additional $6.5 billion for wall construction. He intends to redirect money from a Treasury Department drug forfeiture fund and a Defense Department drug interdiction program, in addition to using military construction appropriations. The military money is only available through the emergency declaration. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticized Trump's decision, which will likely face legal challenge.
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