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America’s Voice Recommendation: Vote YES on Resolution to Block Trump’s Emergency Declaration

On Tuesday, February 26, the House of Representatives will vote on a resolution, H.J.Res. 46, to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration. The following is a statement from Pili Tobar, Deputy Director for America’s Voice: America’s Voice strongly recommends that Members of Congress vote YES on the resolution to block President Trump’s unconstitutional and unpopular … Continue reading »

“History Will Notice” How Many Republicans Pass Tuesday’s “Gut-Check Vote” Test on Trump’s Fake Emergency

Ahead of Tuesday’s House vote on a resolution to block President Trump’s unconstitutional and unpopular national emergency declaration, experts and leading observers from across the political spectrum are calling on Republicans to stand with the American people, preserve constitutional checks and balances, and defend the rule of law by passing the resolution and ending this … Continue reading »

Because Congress Controls the Power of the Purse, Trump’s National Emergency Declaration to Build a Border Wall Uniquely Threatens the Constitutional Balance of Powers

As most of us learned in grade school, Congress, not the President, controls the purse. By declaring a national emergency based on flimsy arguments in an effort to redirect funds for a border wall, money already appropriated by Congress for other purposes, President Trump is abusing his authority. Trump did this on the very day … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Alan Gomez: “Judge may force Trump administration to reunite thousands more separated families”

Yesterday, after explosive reports that the administration is still quietly and needlessly separating families, the American Civil Liberties Union headed back to court to argue for the reunification of all the separated families. Judge Dana Sabraw seemed inclined to agree, stating, “It’s important to recognize that we’re talking about human beings…Every person needs to be … Continue reading »

“No one in Congress should be allowed to avoid voting on this presidential power grab,” – Washington Post Editorial

In a new editorial, the Washington Post calls on Democrats in the House to force a vote on a privileged joint resolution challenging the President’s emergency declaration. This would force every member of Congress to go on record and declare whether they support the President as he diverts congressionally appropriated funds to his border wall … Continue reading »

Experts Agree, Trump’s “National Emergency” Undermines National Security

Last Friday, the same day President Trump announced the “national emergency,” Vice President Mike Pence joined the Munich Security Conference and enumerated the national security threats to the United States government. Notably missing from the Vice President’s speech, any mention of immigration, migrants, Central America or the President’s wall. Experts, across the political spectrum, readily … Continue reading »

Trump’s presidency is the real national emergency

The national emergency this country faces is not at the southern border, but at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the capital city. Last Friday, at the press conference where he declared his national emergency–the one he admitted was not even necessary to declare–President Donald Trump continued to show his incapacity to take the reins of this … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Trump Declares National Emergency in ‘Slap in the Face to Military Families’” – Foreign Policy

In the wake of Trump’s national emergency declaration, Lara Seligman’s latest piece for Foreign Policy spotlights how the administration will drain billions of dollars from military funding for the construction of an increasingly unpopular border wall. The President’s declaration came just days after military families testified at a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing on “the … Continue reading »

Emergency Declaration is Unpopular and Unconstitutional – What Side Will GOP Elected Officials Choose?

“…a clear abuse of power that should offend any patriotic, Constitution-loving American.” (Houston Chronicle editorial) President Trump’s emergency declaration announcement is unpopular and unconstitutional, losing in the court of public opinion and soon in the actual courts. The burden now falls on Republicans to declare whether they stand with Trump or with the American people … Continue reading »

Do Republicans Stand with Trump or the American People On Emergency Declaration?

As the legal and public opinion fallout swells from President Trump’s “national emergency” declaration, FiveThirtyEight’s Perry Bacon and Nate Silver provide a helpful cheat-sheet on where Republican senators purport to stand on the issue. But, as the duo explain, “opposing the declaration and voting for a resolution to end it are not the same thing.” … Continue reading »