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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:55 PM

Trump administration lays groundwork to declare national emergency to build wall

Source: The Washington Post



By Erica Werner and Josh Dawsey January 10 at 5:14 PM

The White House has begun laying the groundwork for a declaration of national emergency to build President Trumpís border wall, including searching for unused money in the Army Corps of Engineers budget, two people with knowledge of the preparations said Thursday.

Trump has urged the Army Corps to determine how fast contracts could be signed and whether construction could begin within 45 days, according to one of these people, an official familiar with the deliberations who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe them.

The administration is specifically eyeing a disaster spending bill passed by Congress last year that includes $13.9 billion in funding that has been allocated but not actually spent for a variety of projects, according to the second person, a congressional aide who also requested anonymity.

The preparations are taking place with talks at an impasse over Trumpís demands for $5.7 billion to build more than 200 miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats are staunchly opposed, leading to a partial government shutdown that reaches the 21-day mark on Friday, making it tied for the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-administration-lays-groundwork-to-declare-national-emergency-to-build-wall/2019/01/10/e8902698-14fa-11e9-b6ad-9cfd62dbb0a8_story.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:58 PM

1. Hey Mitch, up or down vote

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:00 PM

2. Get ready to get into the street.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:06 PM

3. Unconstitutional to use Emergency provisions for his 2020 re-election campaign.


Plus spending taxpayer dollars for it.

$5 billion is about $25 from each and every taxpayer.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:06 PM

4. Yes, this thing is already in the works.

I don't know how he can ignore Congress so blatantly, but there you have it.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:11 PM

5. "Democrats are staunchly opposed, leading to a partial government shutdown"

Democrats' opposition to a wasteful and pointless wall isn't what shut down the government. It was Trump's reneging on a bipartisan deal at the last minute.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:37 PM

10. Thank you. That line leapt out at me, too. And pissed me off mightily!

It's so infuriating how news reporting so blithely slides past actual facts while adding their own spin.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:21 PM

15. Was just about to comment on that. Total bullshit framing AND a demonstrable lie. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:28 PM

6. He sees this as he has nothing to lose because things are so bad off for him. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:30 PM

7. If its allowed ,

He'll start using it as a new weapon, like he and putin are doing in other area's of our government.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:32 PM

8. ugh...motherfuucker

If he does it, he's definitely playing with fire! Get 'em Nancy!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:36 PM

9. P O L I T I C A L T E R R O R I S M

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:51 PM

11. Dems aught to be assembling our best lawyers to contest this in court immediately.

It patently false.

SO:

Make sure it doesn't fall into the hands of a rubber stamp Republican judge.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:52 PM

12. Can't do it.

Will be quickly slapped down by courts. Can't authorize the spending of money for specific items. Can't claim imminent domain. Those powers are reserved to Congress. Settled law.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:53 PM

13. "lays groundwork to declare national emergency"? It's either an emegency or it isn't.

If it's an emergency, it should be clear and unnecessary to "lay groundwork", you just declare it. He has been bleating for a week now about maybe he will do it. The time he has spent waffling proves that there is no emergency, that it just political maneuvering to distract from his shit show of an administration.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:57 PM

14. he wants to tap the Army Corps of Engineers emergency funds to build the wall. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:37 PM

16. I wonder how a declared state of emergency will change the 100 mile border zone?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 08:42 PM

17. HE IS PANICKING

And in a way it's funny to watch, considering he thinks of himself as 'the great negotiator'. But he's nutty as squirrel shit, and likely to do anything. So I propose we simply ....

LOCK HIM UP !!

LOCK HIM UP !!

LOCK HIM UP !!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 11:59 PM

18. It's not a problem...

When we elect a Democratic ACTUAL President in 2020...

Declare a National Emergency for:

1. Global Warming. Tax the coal and gas industries to pay for more renewables.
2. Health Care. Medicare for all.
3. Guns. Ban assault rifles; confiscate handguns...
4. Deficit and Debt. Repeal the Trump Tax Scam. Raise the rate on millionaires to 70%. Use the funds to pay for Government Services such as SS and Medicare/Medicaid.
5. Trade. End tariffs. Tax break for companies returning jobs to the US, GIANT tax on companies leaving.
6. Environment. Re-enact regulations providing clean air and clean water.

and finally.......

DECLARE PUTIN AND RUSSIA A SWORN ENEMY TO THE United States of America.

JAIL every Russian POS in the US ILLEGALLY. Declare the Russian gangs in NYC and elsewhere as TERRORISTS.

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