Trump Will 'Protect' Emergency Declaration If Congress Disapproves, Miller Says
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Feb 18, 2019,
Feb 18, 2019, 12:41
Lawmakers sparred on Sunday over President Trump's national emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border, with Democrats accusing him of trashing the Constitution and Republicans supporting him protecting national security.
Immigration has galvanized Trump's supporters and is set to be a key part of his re-election campaign.
But the Wisconsin senator also appeared to offer himself an out from voting against Trump's assertion of power, suggesting there is a good chance that the GOP will, as is often the case, decline to constrain its president. "It will not be a separation of power anymore - it will be a separation of parties".
Mr Trump relied on the National Emergencies Act of 1976, which Congress adopted as a way to put some limits on presidential use of national emergencies.
It would be remarkable if enough votes can be found in the senate to send the bill to the president's desk. Though he didn't use that power, the government shut down for a record 35 days.
The states of California and NY have filed suit against the President over his declaration, while the House Judiciary Committee is planning an investigation into the validity of the national emergency.
What is a declaration of a national emergency?
Another Democrat, Senator Tammy Duckworth of IL, said she thought Congress could pass a resolution to block Trump's action but might not be able to summon the votes to override a likely Trump veto.
President Trump would likely veto any such resolution if it does reach him, and it is highly unlikely that more than 20 republicans would cross over to stand against the president. "So it's going to be settled in court, we'll have to wait and see". House Democrats have called Trump's declaration unlawful, and are considering a joint resolution disapproving of the declaration.
"And with our sister state partners, we are ready to go", he told ABC's "This Week".
The executive action Trump have declared will give an additional funding of more than $8.1 billion for the wall and other border security projects and measures along the US-Mexico border.
"There've been no determinations by me, so that's what I'll be doing tomorrow", Shanahan said. In reality, no new sections of wall, whether made of concrete or steel slats, have been built under Trump.
Instead, Miller repeated the White House position that weakness at southern border amounts to a grave threat to the social and economic coherence of the U.S. itself.
But Miller said the "bottom line" is that "you can not conceive of a strong nation without a secure border". We have global narco-terrorist organizations.
Miller went on to state that given "the threat in our country", if the president "can't defend this county", then it means he is "not fulfilling his constitutional oath of office".
On CBS' Face the Nation Sunday, Sen.
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"W$3 e will have a national emergency". Opioid addiction is going through the roof in this country.
The compromise bill represents a significant step forward in reducing the flow of illegal drugs into the country, as well as issues related to illegal border crossings.
Republicans have been split on the issue, with some fully backing Trump and others cautioning that allowing an emergency declaration now would set a precedent for future Democratic presidents to do the same for myriad other issues.