President Trump is looking at declaring a national emergency to build “The Wall” Congress has voted to build numerous times. The Trump-haters in the US Congress, without any evidence, say the President has no power to do so. He has been saying so for several years.
“The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially right now it is an emergency. It’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis,” President Donald Trump said yesterday. (08/14/2017 07:25 pm ET)”
Democrats, Islamists, Socialists, and Communists in our current Congress will take any opposite position of Presidents Trump’s. That is how they operate. It is a simple scheme for simple people.
Since Congress is living in a self-imposed deadlock with President Trump – after continually recognizing that drugs and illegal aliens are pouring over the southern border, they have handed President Trump the makings of a National Emergency.
Here is the US Code:
10 U.S. Code § 2808 – Construction authority in the event of a declaration of war or national emergency
(a) In the event of a declaration of war or the declaration by the President of a national emergency in accordance with the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) that requires use of the armed forces, the Secretary of Defense, without regard to any other provision of law, may undertake military construction projects, and may authorize the Secretaries of the military departments to undertake military construction projects, not otherwise authorized by law that are necessary to support such use of the armed forces. Such projects may be undertaken only within the total amount of funds that have been appropriated for military construction, including funds appropriated for family housing, that have not been obligated.
(b)When a decision is made to undertake military construction projects authorized by this section, the Secretary of Defense shall notify, in an electronic medium pursuant to section 480 of this title, the appropriate committees of Congress of the decision and of the estimated cost of the construction projects, including the cost of any real estate action pertaining to those construction projects.
(c)The authority described in subsection (a) shall terminate with respect to any war or national emergency at the end of the war or national emergency.
(Added Pub. L. 97–214, § 2(a), July 12, 1982, 96 Stat. 157; amended Pub. L. 115–91, div. B, title XXVIII, § 2801(a)(6), Dec. 12, 2017, 131 Stat. 1841.)
That poser who occupied the White House for eight years before President Trump used this law several times. It was enacted in 1977 – so we can’t complain the guys in white wigs had it all wrong. The US Supreme Court, nor any politically active law-writing lower courts objected to previous uses of the National Emergency laws.
So here we are. Congress just lost any say in the project.
That Schumer /Pelosi team is so smart.