Re­lated TSA em­ploy­ees can ex­pect a pay­check this week as their boss gives them a bonus.trans­porta­tion

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in­clud­ing $13.9 bil­lion given to the Army Corps of En­gi­neers af­ter last year’s deadly hur­ri­canes and floods. That op­tion ap­peared to lose steam fol­low­ing an out­cry.

Other pos­si­bil­i­ties in­cluded tap­ping as­set for­fei­ture funds, such as money seized from drug king­pins, ac­cord­ing to a con­gres­sional Repub­li­can not au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly about pri­vate con­ver­sa­tions. The White House also was eye­ing mil­i­tary con­struc­tion money, an­other po­lit­i­cally dif­fi­cult choice be­cause it would take away from a back­log of hun­dreds of projects.

Trump has been coun­seled by out­side ad­vis­ers to move to­ward declar­ing a na­tional emer­gency for the “cri­sis” that he says ex­ists at the south­ern bor­der. This, as polls sug­gest Trump is get­ting most of the blame for the shutdown.

But some in the White House are try­ing to ap­ply the brakes. Jared Kush­ner was among those op­posed to the dec­la­ra­tion, ar­gu­ing to his father-in-law that pur­su­ing a broader im­mi­gra­tion deal was a bet­ter op­tion. A per­son fa­mil­iar with White House think­ing said that in meet­ings this past week, the mes­sage was that the ad­min­is­tra­tion is in no rush and wants to con­sider var­i­ous op­tions. The per­son was unau­tho­rized to dis­cuss pri­vate ses­sions and spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Demo­cratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who op­poses any money for an “in­ef­fec­tive, waste­ful wall,” ar­gues that Trump is merely try­ing to steer at­ten­tion away from spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion and other White House prob­lems. “This is a big di­ver­sion, and he’s a master of di­ver­sion,” Pelosi told re­porters.

Trump has told ad­vis­ers he be­lieves the fight for the wall, even if he never gets money for it, is a po­lit­i­cal win for him.

Some of the out­side ad­vis­ers who want him to de­clare a na-

Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion work­ers who staffed check­points Dec. 22 will be paid, de­spite the fed­eral shutdown that be­gan the pre­vi­ous day, and they also will re­ceive a $500 bonus for work­ing dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son.

The pay­ment for work that Satur­day and the bonus money are an ef­fort by TSA Ad­min­is­tra­tor David Pekoske to soften the blow to his work­ers and en­cour­age them to re­main on the job af­ter they missed their first pay­check on Fri­day.

The bonus and an es­ti­mated $150 to $200 in Satur­day pay should be re­ceived by TSA work­ers early this week. tional emer­gency say it could have two ben­e­fits.

First, it would al­low him to claim that he was the one to act to re­open the govern­ment. Sec­ond, in­evitable le­gal chal­lenges would send the mat­ter to court, al­low­ing Trump to con­tinue the fight for the wall — and con­tinue to ex­cite his sup­port­ers — while not ac­tu­ally clos­ing the govern­ment or im­me­di­ately re­quir­ing him to start con­struc­tion.

But while that might end the stand­off and al­low Congress to move to other pri­or­i­ties, some Repub­li­cans be­lieve such a dec­la­ra­tion would usurp con­gres­sional power and could lead fu­ture Demo­cratic pres­i­dents to make sim­i­lar moves to ad­vance lib­eral pri­or­i­ties.

“Most con­ser­va­tives want it to be the last re­sort he would use,” said Rep. Mark Mead­ows, R-N.C., a leader of the con­ser­va­tive House Free­dom Cau­cus who speaks to Trump fre­quently. “But those same con­ser­va­tives, I’m sure if it’s de­ployed, would em­brace him as hav­ing done all he could do to ne­go­ti­ate with Democrats.”

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