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"I would say to all my colleagues he has indicated he is prepared to sign the bill".

The compromise package funds until September 30 the 25 percent of the government whose operations would lapse if the bill is not signed by Trump by the midnight Friday deadline.

His statement came as Congress was poised to pass a bipartisan compromise border security bill Thursday evening to avert another government shutdown, and Trump was expected to sign it, according to allies.

The legislation includes 1.37 billion US dollars in new money to help build 55 miles (88.5 km) of new physical border barriers. The measure, which funds nine departments and dozens of agencies until the end of fiscal 2019, has been heavily criticized by conservative lawmakers for the lack of funding for the border wall.

The question took on renewed urgency Thursday, with the news breaking that Trump planned to declare an emergency so he can bypass Congress and build his wall along the southwestern border and fulfill his signature campaign promise.

The House is also expected to vote on the bill later today.

Mitch McConnell said he would be supporting the President's move.

"It's hard to say definitively whether or not the president is going to sign it until we know everything that's in it", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters. It's a humanitarian challenge to us.

"I've just had an opportunity to speak with President Trump".

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Congressional Republicans have been pointing Trump to pots of federal money he could tap for a wall to steer him away from using a politically hard emergency declaration to bypass Congress, a strategy sure to be challenged in court.

"Fixing our broken immigration system is the true, long-term solution to border protection, economic security and a humane, compassionate response to people seeking safety and a better life for themselves and their families in America", he said. Earlier this month, McConnell had cautioned Trump that declaring an emergency could divide Senate Republicans, the Washington Post reported.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who emerged as Trump's top rival on his quest to build the wall, said she is considering filing a legal challenge and reviewing other options to curb funding for it.

McAdams said he opposes a national emergency declaration, saying it should be reserved only for extreme or exigent circumstances.

But Representative Mark Meadows, chairman of a right-wing Republican faction in the House, said: "At this point, President Trump must look at taking executive action - and I will stand with him to protect our sovereign borders".

Trump has long floated the idea of declaring an emergency if he fails to obtain the manpower and funds needed to secure the border through the normal legislative process. The overall bill also provides $330 billion to finance dozens of federal programs for the rest of the year, one-fourth of federal agency budgets.

And if it gets to President Donald Trump's desk, there's no guarantee he'll sign it.

The legislation being acted upon on Thursday also funds the Justice Department, Commerce Department, State Department, Department of Agriculture, Internal Revenue Service and others, covering roughly 800,000 federal workers.


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