Addressing a State of Disarray

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Trump has indicated that if he and the Democrats are unable to agree on funding by February 15, the government will enter another shutdown. In a CBS poll published Sunday, 66 percent of Americans said the president should not declare a national emergency if Congress did not fund a wall.

Trump hailed peace efforts unfolding between his administration and Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan and said if a deal could be reached, it would allow him to bring some USA troops home after 17 years of war spawned by the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The effort, Hoyer said, "sends a respectful message that House Democrats stand with women across the country and will continue to defend their rights".

Trump was not expected to issue the emergency declaration in his speech, in part because he's aware of GOP opposition and wants to avoid being booed in the House chamber.

"She can keep playing her games, but we will win".

In a letter Monday night to House Democrats, Pelosi wrote that she hopes "we will hear a commitment from the President on issues that have bipartisan support in the Congress and the Country, such as lowering the price of prescription drugs and rebuilding America's infrastructure". "That's what it is, that's what they're doing, it's bad?"

Pelosi originally invited Trump to deliver his annual address to Congress on January 29, but later rescinded the invitation citing security concerns since federal agencies designated to provide security for the event had not been funded due to the record-breaking shutdown. The committee, which is tasked with negotiating a compromise on border security, met for the first time last week. It remains unclear if a deal will be struck by then.

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For Trump, the focus on reaching across the aisle is a tacit admission from the White House that Trump may need a course correction if he is to win re-election. While the government is open now, it will shut down again in 10 days if the president, the Democratic-majority House and the Republican-majority Senate don't come to an agreement on border security, which Trump demands must include billions of dollars for a wall along the Southern border. Under pressure from conservative backers, Trump refused to sign a government funding bill that did not include money for his long-sought border wall.

Trump called illegal immigration "an urgent national crisis", but stopped short of declaring a border emergency that would allow him to bypass Congress for wall funding.

Lloyd Doggett, a Democrat congressman, said that Trump's speechwriters could not change the reality of the current White House. But he also appealed to his political base, both with his harsh rhetoric on immigration and a call for Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the "late-term abortion of children".

Such a declaration, a legally-mandated executive power of a USA president, would enable him to bypass congressional approval and redirect funds already allocated by Congress for other purposes, possibly at the Pentagon, to his desired border wall.

The U.S. Constitution states that the president "shall form time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient". Mark Warner that would require congressional approval to impose trade restrictions for national security reasons.

Section 284 also authorizes the president to deploy the USA military to the southern border to build fences to assist "counterdrug activities or activities to counter transnational organized crime".