Dem lawmaker: 'Trump's presidency is the real national emergency'

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoOn The Money: Trump issues first veto, warning of 'reckless' resolution | US hits Russia with new sanctions | Dems renew push for contractor back pay | Lawmakers seek probe into undocumented workers at Trump businesses Hispanic Caucus demands probe into Trump Organization hiring undocumented workers Hispanic Dems ask for multi-agency meeting on family separations MORE (D-Ariz.) on Thursday condemned the announcement that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE would declare a national emergency to fund a border wall, saying that "Trump's presidency is the real national emergency."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms Court-packing becomes new litmus test on left MORE (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor that Trump "indicated" that he was prepared to sign a congressional spending bill without money for his long-promised wall along the southern border. 

The bill includes $1.375 billion for roughly 55 miles of new barriers along the southern border and allocates about $23 billion in total border security funds.

But McConnell added that Trump would also declare a national emergency at the same time he signs the legislation. 

"I indicated I'm going to support the national emergency declaration," McConnell said. 

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the decision shortly after, saying in a statement that Trump would "take other executive action - including a national emergency - to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border."

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) has said he supports the national emergency action. But many Democratic lawmakers have strongly voiced opposition to the move.