WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Thursday that President Donald Trump should declare a national emergency and bypass Congress to fund a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "refusal to negotiate on funding for a border wall/barrier - even if the government were to be reopened - 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 said. "I hope it works."
Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to negotiate on Wall/Barrier funding – even if the government were to be reopened – virtually ends congressional path to fund Wall/Barrier.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 10, 2019
Time for President @realDonaldTrump to use emergency powers to build Wall/Barrier.
I hope it works.
(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by David Alexander)