Skip to comments.How Trump can get the rest of his wall money — without a shutdown or emergency
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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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.
So cut the military to the bone via re-enacting the Sequester? Thats 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.
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?
Yup. It's more of the same, kick the can down the road.
No thank you Marc A. Thiessen.
That is a very good idea. I hope President Trump and the governors of those states have discussed it.
Wow, I’ve never heard of outline.com. THANK YOU!
“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.
There goes the Green New Deal.
IMO the Repub leadership has the smarts of a pigeon.
And in this situation:
BS, give them 10 days, THEN DO IT.
Yeah! Why wait 10 months for Lucy to pull the football away, again. No more delays!
More kick the can down the road.
Repubs would be suiciding as a Party.
The GOP is already dead. It just hasnt fallen over.
I dont 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. Dont be afraid of these politicians. They have much to lose if they are shown to be betraying American safety.
I like the idea of using El Chapo assets to pay for it. He won’t need them where he is going!
You are welcome.
I think this might be an interesting way to go about it. Wonder if Trump has already explored it.
The Cartels will never allow the US to have a secure border.
This sequester talk is no different than the Birth Certificate talk.
“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.
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