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Graham Says Trump Should Use Emergency Powers for Wall

His comments came after the president reportedly killed a compromise proposal crafted by Graham and other Senate Republicans.

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Drew Gerber
Jan. 11, 2019, 10:43 a.m.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) "on Thursday said he believed President Trump should utilize 'emergency powers' to pay for the much-discussed border wall with Mexico. Graham said he hopes the tactic 'works' because negotiations with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the matter appear to be at a dead end. ... When later asked about his statement, Graham replied, 'I always said it would be the last resort, we’re there.' ... His statement also comes a day after Graham was elected to serve as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman."

"Congressional sources on both sides of the aisle told Fox News that President Trump personally killed a 'grand bargain' proposal being worked on by Graham and fellow Senate Republicans," several of whom are up for reelection in 2020 like Graham, "which potentially would have paired border security funding with some immigration measures Democrats would support." (Fox News)

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