By Rick Oltman, February 15 2019
President Trump will sign the budget legislation sent to him from Congress, which keeps government departments running through the current fiscal year that will end September 30. But it lacks the $5.7 billion he wanted to build more wall on the southern border.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action – including a national emergency – to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.
Immediately after, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Democrats “may” file a legal challenge if Trump declares a national emergency.
The legislation provides only $1.375 billion for “barriers” along the border.
The bill is 1,768 pages, which makes one wonder if Pelosi actually read it. There will be more on the specifics later.
The list of declared emergencies:
- Carter: 2
- Reagan: 6
- G. H. W. Bush: 4
- Clinton: 17
- G. W. Bush: 12
- Obama: 13
- Trump: 3
The Trump Administration announced that it is ready with $8 billion from various sources to continue wall construction.
Almost everybody knew it was going to come to this. The Democrats in the Congress have shown little to no interest in securing our borders from illegal aliens over the past 30 years, the Republicans not much better.
What this legislation will do is send a loud welcoming message to tens of millions of people around the world that we are not serious about enforcing our immigration laws.
President Trump must now send an equally loud deterrent message. And it is likely that the ensuing battle over funding and building the wall will send that deterrent message.
The other thing to keep in mind is that we are a little over six months away from the kickoff of the 2020 election cycle, and the end of the federal government’s current fiscal year (meaning that there will be another battle over border security and funding). Voters will be watching the shenanigans and listening to the rhetoric coming out of the D.C. swamp, as well as their own state capitals, for example California, New York, Colorado, Illinois, etc., and they will be making their ballot decisions accordingly … hopefully.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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