ARIZONA NEWS

Trump’s executive action on wall wouldn’t surprise US Rep. Andy Biggs

Feb 1, 2019, 9:26 AM
A border wall prototype stands in San Diego near the Mexico-U.S. border, seen from Tijuana, Mexico,...
A border wall prototype stands in San Diego near the Mexico-U.S. border, seen from Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

PHOENIX – As another federal shutdown looms, U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs can easily see President Donald Trump taking executive action over border security.

“He doesn’t have to declare an emergency, but I think he’s going to take executive action with a portion of the border and that will have people passing a [continuing resolution],” U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) said Thursday on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Chad Benson Show.

This week, Trump, who has talked about declaring a national emergency to get a wall built between the U.S. and Mexico, said he had “set the stage” to take action on his own if lawmakers didn’t provide the funding.

Negotiators faced a Feb. 15 deadline to avert another partial government shutdown. The shutdown that ended Jan. 25 lasted a record 35 days.

“I would be stunned if they worked out a deal that was palatable to the president and the majority of the country,” Biggs said.

“I think we should pass a two-year [continuing resolution] … we get to the 2020 presidential election, maybe we don’t see a shutdown again,” he said.

“… But that’s just me,” Biggs said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that whatever deal was reached would not include money for the proposed wall.

“I think they’re going to put together a deal that looks like a skinny version of the Gang of Eight bill that was proposed a number of years ago that was met with universal disapprobation,” Biggs said.

He was referring to the first draft of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.

A bipartisan group of senators that included Arizona’s John McCain and Jeff Flake offered the bill to the full Senate, where it passed. House Republicans opposed the plan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Jose Dioicio Buelna. (Arizona Attorney General's Office Photo)...
KTAR.com

Arizona man sentenced to 5 years for selling fentanyl

An Arizona man was sentenced to five years in prison last week for his role in a drug trafficking organization, authorities said. 
21 hours ago
(Tempe Police Screenshot)...
KTAR.com

Watch: Vehicle left in drive rams through Tempe shop

A pair of men narrowly avoided serious injury after a vehicle left in drive rammed through the front of a Tempe shop on Thursday afternoon.
21 hours ago
Arizona activists want Gov. Doug Ducey, right, to denounce state Sen. Wendy Rogers over her respons...
Kevin Stone

Arizona political coalition urges Gov. Doug Ducey to condemn Sen. Wendy Rogers

An Arizona political coalition is calling on Gov. Doug Ducey to condemn state Sen. Wendy Rogers over her response to the Buffalo shooting.
21 hours ago
(Chandler Police Screenshot)...
Danny Shapiro

Prosecutors don’t charge Chandler officer in fatal shooting of teen

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office announced Thursday it would not charge an officer who fatally shot a teenager in the back in Chandler early last year.
21 hours ago
(Arizona Department of Transportation Photo)...
SuElen Rivera

AAA expects busy roads in Arizona for Memorial Day weekend despite rising gas prices

Despite the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Phoenix reaching $5 last week, AAA expects more travelers for this Memorial Day weekend compared to last year. 
21 hours ago
(Walmart Photo)...
Kevin Stone

Look! Up in the Arizona sky! It’s a Walmart delivery drone!

Walmart announced plans to launch, literally, a delivery service using aerial drones in Arizona and five other states.
21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

ADHS mobile program brings COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to Arizonans

The Arizona Department of Health Services and partner agencies are providing even more widespread availability by making COVID-19 vaccines available in neighborhoods through trusted community partners.
...
Canvas Annuity

The secret to guaranteed retirement income

Annuities aren’t really a secret, but they are so misunderstood that they might as well be. Once you understand what an annuity is and how it can benefit you, you could decide this “secret” is the perfect supplement to your retirement plan.
...
By Dr. Richard Carmona

Now’s a great time to receive your COVID-19 vaccine

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, now’s the time to join many other of your fellow Arizonans who are doing so right now. No one will criticize you; there is no shame. In fact, you’ll be welcomed with smiles and open arms!
Trump’s executive action on wall wouldn’t surprise US Rep. Andy Biggs