ABC News reports:
In a surprise development Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on the Senate floor that President Donald Trump would sign a border security funding bill that would avert a government shutdown, but also would declare a national emergency in order to get more funding for his proposed border wall.
His announcement came just before a Senate vote on the measure, which the House is scheduled to vote on Thursday evening. Many Republicans, including McConnell, had advised the president against declaring a national emergency.
McConnell says he will support a national emergency declaration and Trump “will sign the bill,” ending a shutdown threat and moments of panic in the Capitol — but opening up legal and political questions about the national emergency declaration
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 14, 2019
BREAKING: Pres. Trump will sign compromise bill, will also issue national emergency declaration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says. pic.twitter.com/MI9yFT26os
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) February 14, 2019
UPDATE: White House confirms.
Statement on Government Funding Bill: pic.twitter.com/DrNv9D4rEi
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) February 14, 2019