Have you heard the news? Several members of the Senate have decided that there is no separation of powers. That’s right. They feel that the present President cannot use executive orders. This from Jordain Carney. “Senate Democrats introduced legislation on Monday to prevent President Trump from using military and disaster relief funds to construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall should he declare a national emergency. The legislation would prevent Trump from using funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works funds and military construction funding “for the construction of barriers, land acquisition, or any other associated activities on the southern border without specific statutory authorization from Congress” if he declared a national emergency”.
So where were they when Obama exercised his right? Granted the majority of his executive orders were unconstitutional. What surprises me is that they’re trying to pass a law before the President has issued his executive order. Now there are a dozen Democrats who have signed on to this legislation. No Republican has signed.
In closing here is the Bill and what it would do. The Democrats say it would not interfere with the Presidents power, but looking at it, there is no way they can make that type of a statement.
“The bill, which is titled the Restrictions Against Illegitimate Declarations for Emergency Re-Appropriations, or RAIDER, Act, states that “no funds appropriated or otherwise made available prior to the date of the enactment of this Act may be used for the construction of barriers, land acquisition, or any other associated activities on the southern border without specific statutory authorization from Congress.” “One of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), said that Congress must “assert its role as a co-equal branch of government” and block Trump from raiding these accounts—which could contain as much as $35 billion for emergency projects—for a “politically-motivated, unjustified national emergency declaration that isn’t based in reality.”
What say you?
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