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Enough Votes in Congress to Stop Trump's Emergency Declaration, Tammy Duckworth Suggests

Enough Votes in Congress to Stop Trump's Emergency Declaration, Tammy Duckworth Suggests

Banks, co-author of National Security Law and the Power of the Purse, a 1994 book about tensions between the executive and legislative branches over security and spending, doubted where their efforts would lead.

The emergency declaration was the first step to securing up to US$3.6 billion (S$4.8 billion) reallocated from military construction projects, after Congress granted the President US$1.375 billion for 90km of fencing, only a quarter of the US$5.7 billion he had asked for.

BUT - Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans should have done their job and implemented the "nuclear option" so that the wall could have been approved by a simple majority THE SAME WAY Obamacare was forced to passage without a single Republican vote.

Earlier during the interview, Miller took a shot at the previous Republican president, George W. Bush, after Wallace had cited a number of statistics that undercut the Trump administration's case for declaring a national emergency at the border.

Trump centered much of his successful 2016 campaign for the White House on a vow to build the wall and make Mexico pay for it. On Sunday the Illinois Democratic senator Tammy Duckworth told ABC's This Week she believed a resolution would pass.

But one of the President's closest congressional allies, Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, predicted that Trump's critics would not be able to put together a two-thirds majority in each chamber of Congress to override any presidential veto. "We'll see him in court".

"The answer to the White House is no more division and no more xenophobia", Newsom proclaimed in direct defiance of the Trump administration's request for help from border states.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a Washington organization, has already filed a suit and the American Civil Liberties Union intends to do the same.

The Fox News anchor compared the border situation in 2000 when "1.6 million people were stopped crossing the border illegally" to past year, when "less than a quarter that many were caught".

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"I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the Southern border", Lujan Grisham said, adding "some of the safest communities in the country" are to be found at the border.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Miller noted 120 miles of the barrier on the U.S. -Mexico border are "already under construction or are already obligated" and anticipated a total of hundreds will be completed by September 2020. And, since 2006, the federal government has already built almost 700 miles of wall and fencing in places where the terrain is not a natural barrier.

Shanahan said the department had been preparing for weeks for a potential emergency declaration.

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 United States itself.

It can be a "national emergency" for our republic as we know it. This is a threat in our country, not overseas. "Not in Afghanistan or Syria or Iraq but right here..."

"This is a threat in our country... and if the president can't defend this country, then he cannot fulfill his constitutional oath of office".

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, agreed the declaration set a "dangerous precedent" and would support bipartisan legislation to review and limit Trump's emergency powers. President Trump, or any president for that matter, should not have the ability to use his authority to bypass congress because they are unhappy with the legislature's decision. "If people don't like that, they can address it", he said. There have been 58 pronounced under the National Emergencies Act, of which 31 are still in effect.

Former Republican Congressman Mike Rogers, who previously served as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, explained graphically on CNN the tight spot Trump has carved out for McConnell.

"Frankly, I think there's enough people in the Senate who are concerned that what he's doing is robbing from the military and the [Department of Defense] to go and build this wall", Duckworth said. "He got turned down by Congress and then [he] went ahead and did it".

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