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Posted 05 February 2019 - 08:13 AM

Senate Democrats Try to Cut Off 'Emergency Funds' for Trump's Border Wall
The RAIDER Act looks to preempt the president from going down the route he seems destined to take.
Sam Brodey
02.04.19 1:03 PM ET
Daily Beast

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A group of Senate Democrats are aiming to block President Donald Trump from building his proposed border wall by declaring a national emergency—an announcement the president could make as soon as Tuesday during his State of the Union address.

Roughly a dozen Democrats are getting behind a bill, being introduced Monday afternoon, that would prohibit Trump from building the wall using funds drawn from either the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the Department of Defense's military construction accounts.

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."

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."

Presidents have broad authority to declare emergencies, but they have typically done so during times of war. Trump has hinted for weeks that he would declare a national emergency to build a wall, using resources that otherwise would have been used on military base construction and disaster recovery efforts, among other things.

The Udall bill would effectively turn off those funding spigots. A Democratic aide said that the bill does not infringe on the president's constitutional authority and fits within Congress' appropriation duties.

Trump has continued to talk up the possibility of an emergency declaration even as a bipartisan committee in Congress currently is working to negotiate a deal over border security. With government funding slated to expire on Feb. 15, the president has made clear he is increasingly doubtful the committee will come up with a deal he can support.

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 12:53 PM

Democrats.Are.Slime.

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 12:59 PM

View Postarticle, on 05 February 2019 - 08:13 AM, said:

The Udall bill would effectively turn off those funding spigots.


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Posted 05 February 2019 - 01:21 PM

Gee, maybe we should have separation of powers, ya think?
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 01:34 PM

His lawyers are better than theirs. He's already vetted what he can and cannot do under the constitution and the powers afforded under the law passed in 1976 that has been used more than 50 time by Republican and Democrat Presidents since the law was passed. Worst case he'll just use money from the Russia collusion slush (sarcasm off) fund or from monies confiscated from the cartels on the border. After all, he didn't say the Mexican government was going to pay for it, just that 'Mexico" would pay for it. So drug money that is not going back into the Mexican economy would constitute Mexico paying for the wall.
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 08:48 PM

Throw their gun control mantra back at them-if the wall saves ONE life, it will be worth it.
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