• Lindsey Ashlen

For the Good of Whom?

"Senate rejection of Trump border emergency no longer certain" - Associated Press

As a Thursday showdown vote in the Senate neared, GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and others were talking with the White House about related legislation that would curb the ability of presidents to declare future emergencies. If Trump would commit to signing a bill handcuffing future emergency declarations, more GOP senators might support his border emergency declaration in Thursday’s vote.
By late Tuesday, there were indications that GOP opposition to Trump’s emergency along the Mexican border was softening. If it stands, the declaration would let Trump divert $3.6 billion from military construction projects to build border barriers, even though Congress had voted to limit him to less than $1.4 billion for barrier construction in the budget.

Unfortunately, the GOP is going to try and do what the GOP does best.... rig the system to benefit only them. There was a moment when we had the votes to try and curb the Emergency declaration power of this president, ya know, to ensure that there is an ACTUAL emergency happening when one is declared... But, it seems that they want to enact legislation to let THIS "emergency" be declared (so DJT can funnel funds from previously appropriated segments of the government to the wall that no one needs) but "handcuff" any future (read: Democratic) President from declaring emergencies. Coolcoolcool.

(Cover Photo Cred: Andrew Harnik)

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