A Year Of Unprecedented Firsts Is About To See Another…

In 2019, the American people have seen many unprecedented firsts and it appears as though we are about to see some more…

The Background…

After the historical, record-breaking, government shutdown of last month over not being able to secure the necessary amount to fund the completion of President Trump’s proposed border wall, Congress had until February 15 to come up with a revised bill that would either be signed or throw us back into a shutdown.

With both Republicans and Democrats dealing until the last minute, an agreement was reached, though it still did not allow for the 5.7 Billion that was requested for the wall and border security.

State Of Emergency…

In another unprecedented move, President Trump signed the bill and declared the southern border with Mexico to be in a state of emergency and is willing to use that to appropriate the funds needed to begin work on the wall and border patrol.

The President declaring a state of emergency to gain access to funds for the wall raises many questions and concerns. Congress is typically the overseer of budgeting and allocation of money. In this move, the President has bypassed Congress’s proposed and signed budget to deliver on a campaign promise.

What Now?

This could be seen as a risky move by some, as it now sets the precedent for a future president to bypass Congress to deliver on their promises. Democrats in Congress are looking to overturn his state of emergency, some questioning the legality and constitutionality of the state of emergency stating,

“This is plainly a power grab by a disappointed President, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. “The President’s actions clearly violate the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, which our Founders enshrined in the Constitution.”

Questions Remain…

A question being raised on both sides of the aisle is the appropriateness of the way this is being handled. It’s not so much a question of whether one supports President Trump, as much as it is whether or not these kinds of actions are the right way of going about it.

In a vote that is scheduled for February 26, we will see whether the Congress and Senate will vote to turn down the state of emergency or if it will remain in place. In addition to many states that are taking this to court, it is putting Republicans in swing states in awkward positions as many constituents are for the wall but not for the way that President Trump handled the appropriation of funding by declaring a state of emergency.

The Future…

President Trump has promised to veto any bill that opposes the state of emergency funding. If that is the case the Senate will most likely back that decision. However this turns out, we are seeing many new precedents that may have a lasting impact in the future.