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Shutdown News: Trump Holding Off on Declaring National Emergency 'Right Now' for Border Wall

Should Trump declare a national emergency to fund his border wall?

by Countable | Updated on 1.11.19

What’s the latest?

  • President Donald Trump said Friday afternoon that while he remains open to declaring a national emergency to get his wall funded, he’d “rather not” as it's the “easy way out.”
"Congress should do this. This is too simple. It's too basic. And Congress should do this. If they can't do it, I will declare a national emergency. I have the absolute right to do it."
  • "We have a country that is being invaded by criminals and by drugs and we're going to stop it," Trump said, without offering any evidence for his claims.

The State of the Shutdown: January 11

  • Friday, January 11, marks the 21st day of the partial government shutdown. This shutdown is now tied for the longest in history.
  • Congress and the White House are trying to broker a deal after the House passed a continuing resolution (CR) on December 20th that included $5.7 billion for border security ― including wall construction ― and $7.8 billion in disaster relief along party-lines. It lacked the votes to advance in the Senate, as have bills passed in January by the Democrat-controlled House since the new Congress convened.
  • Approximately 800,000 federal workers won't receive their paychecks because of the budget impasse.
  • Seven departments have been affected, including Homeland Security, Justice, Housing, Agriculture, Commerce, Interior, and the Treasury.
  • Various national parks have had to shut down because of toilets reaching capacity and other infractions. Other impacts of the shutdown include Smithsonian museums shuttering and various federal agencies putting loan applications on hold. And Native American tribes who receive substantial federal funding are struggling.

—Josh Herman


(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / Bill Oxford)

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  • burrkitty
    Voted No
    01/11/2019
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    WALLS DON’T WORK. The massive Great Wall of China was built to keep out its enemies. It didn’t. The Maginot Line built on the border between France and Germany after World War I didn’t accomplish its goal, either. When Hitler invaded France, he just went around the end of these concrete fortifications where they ended at the border with Belgium. Much later, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara was ridiculed for proposing a sophisticated electric fence along the 17th parallel between North and South Vietnam. “But Mr. Secretary, won’t Ho Chi Minh just skirt the end of the fence where it ends at the border with Laos?” Duh. Face it, the only wall that’s had even mild success was the Berlin Wall, and that’s only because it was relatively short and vigilant East German border guards were always nearby to shoot anyone attempting to scale it. People still escaped. Even the Korea DMZ the most heavily militarized zone in the world, which is 2.5 miles wide, 160 miles long, has multiple layers, and is staffed with 20 THOUSAND troops on the South Korea side ALONE sees more than a thousand people successfully fleeing across it each year. (Never mind the rest of the North Korea borders) President Donald Trump’s ridiculous “wall” would be easily neutralized by a determined and desperate immigrant with an inexpensive 20-foot-long rope or a even less expensive shovel. As it is, most simple come in legally from the airports all over the country and just overstay their visas. Is there no influential Republican leader who will summon the courage to tell the wannabe emperor that he has no clothes?

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  • James
    01/12/2019
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    As an American and a Veteran! This country is under attack both from outside and mostly from within! If anyone of you people that claim to have some smarts Nd care then you’d quit composing and get off your dead asses and help do something! This president is doing a lot of great things both economically inside and out but on the international stage challenging other countries to step up and get off the Globalist stage! He has surpassed Ronald Reagan in the heroic deeds that he’s done for all of us and gives his paychecks to charity! What has your God Damned Obama done! Absolutely nothing as he no longer has any legacy! Get off you stupid lazy asses and be somebody!!!

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  • JTJ
    Voted Yes
    01/12/2019
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    Unlike obama, Trump respects the legislative process. However, if congress continues to obstruct on policies they all agreed with 10 years ago, Trump has legal authority to go around congress and build the wall that the American people elected him to build.

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  • Isaac
    Voted Maybe
    01/11/2019
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    This action would be Constitutionally dubious as it sets up the precedent for the next Democrat administration to similarly enact unilateral “National Emergencies” to establish “Medicare for All” or “Free College.” Very dangerous waters we are treading, but ultimately it is up to the President and his advisors to make that determination.

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  • Andrew
    Voted No
    01/12/2019
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    It’s absolutely not a national emergency that Trump doesn’t get wall that’s nothing more then an emblem of his ego, he had two years of a Republican majority to get the funding, but now that Democrats are in charge it’s a huge issue to build the wall?

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  • David
    01/12/2019
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    KITTY, this wall is not for keeping out an invading army, it to keep out drug dealers, robbers, terrorists, gang members, etc. Your ignorance shows badly. The people voted Trump into office to get things done! Democrats must stop being OBSTRUCTIONISTS. Keep the Gov’t shut down till you dems approve the $5.7 Billion for a wall.

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  • JDMA
    Voted Yes
    01/12/2019
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    If Democrats can’t get their act together and vote for stuff they supported in the past, then he should. The wall is a legitimate security tool with proven track records.

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  • Jim2423
    Voted Maybe
    01/12/2019
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    If Democrats keep pushing then Yes.

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  • Daniel
    Voted No
    01/11/2019
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    If President Trump declares an “emergency” to build an useless wall, I expect Articles of Impeachment within 24 hours for Abuse of Power. There is no emergency, if there is an emergency it is about climate change, healthcare, and companies not paying taxes.

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  • Reinier
    Voted No
    01/11/2019
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    Most definitely not! I’d call that an abuse of power punishable by impeachment!

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  • Ken
    Voted No
    01/11/2019
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    We the people should declare a national emergency before Trump makes matters worse than they already are. He is a national digrace!

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  • AverageMiddleClass
    Voted No
    01/11/2019
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    He is the crisis.

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  • burrkitty
    Voted No
    01/11/2019
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    “Easy way out” = “I’ll lose my hostages, the lawyers will make a ton of money and it won’t work” If it’s “easy”, then do it and we’ll see you in court. But you won’t because you know you will lose in court AGAIN and then you won’t have a million American family as hostages either. Coward.

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  • Lionman
    Voted No
    01/12/2019
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    That would be a horrible precedent to set, and not something I believe the majority of the Republicans in Congress will support.

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  • Rj
    Voted No
    01/12/2019
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    There is NO emergency at the border. You know that, trump knows that, and most sane people know that. Vote to reopen government, if needed override trump veto. Government should be open, federal employees should not be held hostage because of a trump rally promise. DO THE RIGHT THING or be held accountable in your next election. We will NOT forget!

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  • Becky
    Voted No
    01/12/2019
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    Say no to militarized boarders

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  • Peggy
    Voted No
    01/12/2019
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    Good grief. The fact that he’s not getting his way isn’t a national emergency. Waiting 2 full years before even acting like a wall is urgent puts the lie to the “emergency” idea. Why didn’t he do this when he had all 3 houses? Congress, Senate, & the presidency? The wall wasn’t needed until after the Democrats won the house? Really? He clearly just wants a big spectacle and he’s making all of us pawns in his reality show starring him and his nemesis: a woman democrat. This. Is. Ridiculous.

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  • August
    Voted No
    01/11/2019
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    You were elected to serve the people, not the political games of Mitch McConnell. Remind him that Trump is only out for himself!!!

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  • mb2018
    Voted No
    01/12/2019
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    Trump should not declare a national emergency, as there is not one. We have the courageous men and women, along with walls/fences/terrain and technology keeping our border strong. We should focus on aiding them rather that a wall that has become nothing more than political rhetoric of ego in this horrible and damaging game of “chicken”.

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  • MandiRogueOne
    Voted No
    01/12/2019
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    If this wasn't an emergency in 2016, it's not in 2019. Simple.

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  • Margaret
    Voted No
    01/11/2019
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    The national emergency is squatting in the WH. Time to get the rakes out!

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  • Rodney
    Voted No
    01/11/2019
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    He needs to be impeached. Holding America hostage. You all need to do something about this NOW. How shameful you all are. You know this is BS and you will lose this fight. Stop the madness NOW. Closing a terminal at MIA...now this is how terrorists get in, not through the southern border. The airports are a mess. You need to put a stop to this NOW

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