• Michael McGowan

Constitutional Powers 101

Updated: Oct 2, 2019

Congress finally worked together and brought together an arduous bill to fund the Government so the country wouldn't have to experience another shutdown. The President gets $1.375 billion for his barrier. Now he has access to a total of $8 billion because he said it was an emergency. Apparently the kind of emergency that you wait for weeks while families go without pay while you proudly take credit for the shutdown.

I say let him. Even if he takes the whole $8 billion. Because this is what it is going to cost the American public for a Democratic President to declare a climate emergency, an education emergency, an infrastructure emergency.

The other side of this pendulum is this will be challenged in the courts. Worst case scenario is that the National Emergencies Act (NEA) would be declared unconstitutional. I'm not a lawyer and I won't play one here. The NEA is vague. Also, I don't know the answer to this, can Congress delegate power to the Executive Branch?

Seriously though. I don't want to have a Democratic President declare national emergencies to institute policy. Just like I don't want any party's President to usurp Congress to get their hands on money just because he didn't like the answer he got. If it's not a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action then it's not an emergency.

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