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How Trump can get the rest of his wall money without a shutdown or emergency
Washington Post ^ | Feb 12, 2019 | By Marc A. Thiessen

Posted on 02/12/2019 6:12:27 PM PST by 11th_VA

longest government shutdown in history over nothing. Democrats have agreed to fund $1.375 billion for 55 miles of physical barrier along the border, which is only a little different than what Trump would have gotten under a continuing resolution that funded the government at current levels — and far less than the $5.7 billion Trump demanded to build 230 miles of barriers that experts and the Department of Homeland Security said they need to secure the border.

But Trump can still get the rest of the money — without a government shutdown or declaring a national emergency...

To win, Trump needs to shift the debate to a place where he has real leverage: using the threat of a sequester, rather than a shutdown, to force the Democrats to give him his border barrier. In 10 months’ time, if Congress fails to act, then an automatic sequester will kick in that would reduce federal spending in 2020 to levels that Congress and President Barack Obama set in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Congress agreed to lift those spending caps for two years in 2018, increasing both defense and nondefense discretionary spending above sequester levels by $165 billion and $131 billion, respectively. But that deal runs out at the end of the year. If Congress does not lift the caps by December, then automatic $55 billion across-the-board cuts to domestic discretionary spending will take place, while defense spending will be cut by $71 billion...

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To: 11th_VA

The money is only the beginning of the problem.

Congress will pass a law forbidding building a wall. They may very well override a veto. Their donors simply are not going to stand for a wall.

Every foot of wall is going to disturb the migratory pattern of some worm, or squash a butterfly. Every single foot will be the subject of multiple lawsuits.


21 posted on 02/12/2019 7:02:11 PM PST by Jim Noble (Freedom is the freedom to say that 2+2 = 4)
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To: 11th_VA

So cut the military to the bone via re-enacting the Sequester? That’s the “brilliant” idea. Harm the one institution that is most loyal to his administration? The same military that everyone wants to now use to defend our southern border and build the wall? Screw the military, huh? Yeah, what a GREAT PLAN.


22 posted on 02/12/2019 7:04:54 PM PST by SkyPilot ("I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6)
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To: Sasparilla

I’m not sure what the law is that you cite but I’m guessing it refers to his authority as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Services. If so I totally agree. Or he can use the War on Drugs laws passed by Congress to construct walls to inhibit the flow of drugs a cross the border. Either way he’s on form legal ground with the courts from what I’ve read. And why not use drug money confiscated like El Chapo?


23 posted on 02/12/2019 7:07:29 PM PST by vigilence (Vigilence)
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To: carriage_hill
“In 10 months’ time...” BS, give them 10 days, THEN DO IT.

Yup. It's more of the same, kick the can down the road.

No thank you Marc A. Thiessen.

24 posted on 02/12/2019 7:11:35 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: ETCS

That is a very good idea. I hope President Trump and the governors of those states have discussed it.


25 posted on 02/12/2019 7:12:21 PM PST by laplata (The Left/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Wow, I’ve never heard of outline.com. THANK YOU!


26 posted on 02/12/2019 7:21:45 PM PST by peggybac (Government is about force. It always has been about force.)
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To: Jim Noble

“Every foot of wall is going to disturb the migratory pattern of some worm, or squash a butterfly. Every single foot will be the subject of multiple lawsuits.”

The 9th Circuit already gave us a victory there.


27 posted on 02/12/2019 7:35:50 PM PST by Conserv
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To: 11th_VA
What utter nonsense. This plan isn't in the president's hands at all - it's in the hands of Congress. The sequester can only take place if Congress does not agree to lift the 2011 caps - and does anyone really believe that McConnell and the GOP will not agree to do so? Have we all forgotten that the GOP controlled both houses of Congress for the last two years? Are we all supposed to pretend that McConnell is not pressuring Trump right now to accept the current funding deal which does not give money for the border wall?

This is not a plan at all - it's simply a way to ensure that the Congressional GOP will continue to thwart Trump's campaign promise to build a wall.
28 posted on 02/12/2019 7:40:15 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: 11th_VA
how bout using the $15Billion confiscated from Chapo
29 posted on 02/12/2019 7:49:19 PM PST by Chode ( We’re America, Bitch!)
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To: 11th_VA

There goes the Green New Deal.


30 posted on 02/12/2019 7:53:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Jim Noble

IMO the Repub leadership has the smarts of a pigeon.

And in this situation:


The money is only the beginning of the problem.
Congress will pass a law forbidding building a wall. They may very well override a veto. Their donors simply are not going to stand for a wall.

The Repubs would be suiciding as a Party.
Any idiot could figure that out.
Of course, the Repub leadership over the years have shown themselves to be “special olympics” types of idiots.
Dumber than the usual idiots.


31 posted on 02/12/2019 8:01:05 PM PST by OldArmy52 (Nazi concentration camps are proof that banning guns works.)
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To: carriage_hill
“In 10 months’ time...”

BS, give them 10 days, THEN DO IT.

Yeah! Why wait 10 months for Lucy to pull the football away, again. No more delays!

32 posted on 02/12/2019 8:05:24 PM PST by roadcat
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To: 11th_VA

More kick the can down the road.


33 posted on 02/12/2019 8:08:14 PM PST by xzins (Retired US Army chaplain. Support our troops by praying for their victory.)
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To: OldArmy52

“Repubs would be suiciding as a Party.”

The GOP is already dead. It just hasn’t fallen over.


34 posted on 02/12/2019 8:11:25 PM PST by Jim Noble (Freedom is the freedom to say that 2+2 = 4)
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To: 11th_VA

I don’t really see the difference. The Dems will still postulate and claim Trump is cutting programs like Social Security etc. And threats to cut the military are not a good thing now. Send it back. Shut it down. Don’t be afraid of these politicians. They have much to lose if they are shown to be betraying American safety.


35 posted on 02/12/2019 8:14:49 PM PST by McCabe (Want my country back!)
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To: 11th_VA

I like the idea of using El Chapo assets to pay for it. He won’t need them where he is going!


36 posted on 02/12/2019 8:15:24 PM PST by hoosiermama (When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.DJT)
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To: peggybac

You are welcome.


37 posted on 02/12/2019 8:15:30 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Being woke means you can be nasty and hateful and use and racist slurs but feel morally superior.)
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To: ETCS

I think this might be an interesting way to go about it. Wonder if Trump has already explored it.


38 posted on 02/12/2019 8:15:56 PM PST by McCabe (Want my country back!)
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To: 11th_VA

The Cartels will never allow the US to have a secure border.

This sequester talk is no different than the Birth Certificate talk.


39 posted on 02/12/2019 8:19:16 PM PST by NoLibZone (America's dead. Gone. Get used to it.)
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To: 11th_VA

“If Congress does not lift the caps by December, then automatic $55 billion across-the-board cuts to domestic discretionary spending will take place, while defense spending will be cut by $71 billion...”

IF. IF. Let’s see. Who runs Congress? That would be Pelosi and the turtle overseeing a bunch of dems, RINOs and a few decent ones. Under this so-called plan Trump drags this thing out another year, wastes time, Congress votes to lift the caps and Trump — loses — again.

Trump needs to take the $1.3B, dig up the balance from the military, build the wall now and stop d**king around with Congress. In which case he will need all the spare defense money they’ve got. A sequestered defense budget works against him.


40 posted on 02/12/2019 8:20:57 PM PST by plain talk
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