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house Bill H. Joint Res. 46

Should Congress Terminate the Border Security Emergency Declared by President Trump?

Argument in favor

President Trump usurped congressional authority by arbitrarily declaring a national emergency in an effort to fund construction of his border wall. Congress ought to exercise its constitutional power as a coequal branch of government by terminating the emergency declaration.

Pam's Opinion
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02/24/2019
The effects of climate change is an emergency. The children that have been separated from their families and not yet reunited with them is an emergency. Corporate money influencing politics is an emergency. But a border wall that no one wants but him is NOT an emergency.
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Mark's Opinion
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02/26/2019
I live in Texas and our House of Rep Hurd (Rebuplican) who has over 800 miles of the border says there is NO EMERGENCY going on at the border. The people who live and have property along the border do NOT want a WALL and have filed lawsuits against the wall. This is all trump manufactured BS to pander to his base. When 40,000 Americans are killed by gun violence because of our gun happy culture then we have a real emergency. It doesn't take a wall to fix.
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Shannon's Opinion
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02/26/2019
I am horrified that Trump abused his power to declare a fake emergency rooted in hate. He is going around Congress and the will of the people to get his way on his racist and unnecessary wall and deportation force. Congress must do everything in its authority to stop this antidemocratic power grab.
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Argument opposed

For better or worse, Congress gave the president the power to declare emergencies and use certain defense funds to address them. This bill is nothing more than an attempt by Democrats to score political points, as they know they won’t have the votes to override President Trump’s veto.

Sandra's Opinion
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02/24/2019
There is a national emergency at the border. Fund the wall, protect the citizens and the immigrants by building the wall. Cut out the criminals that are taking advantage and hurting innocent people. By building the wall the bad guys don’t have an easy avenue to smuggle these poor people and take advantage of them and worse. Reform immigration laws so people come in legally and safely. That will keep the criminals, sex traffickers, child traffickers, and terrorist out and away from the good immigrants and the citizens. This way you protect all the good people and end the dangerous situation that just keeps getting worse every day. Stop the madness before more innocent people are hurt or killed.
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Alexander 's Opinion
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02/26/2019
I feel it is essential for our security that this should be passed. Thank you for hearing my voice.
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Rocky's Opinion
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02/26/2019
His NE was perfectly legal under the Constitution and laws passed by Congress. Posse Comitatus, the Insurrection Act, and 10 USC $ 284 and 2809 Apply
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joint resolution Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate Passed March 14th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 59 Yea / 41 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
  • The house Passed February 26th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 245 Yea / 182 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    IntroducedFebruary 22nd, 2019

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    Those at the border say there is an emergency. They know far better than those who are far removed. If Congress had worked to get appropriate border-wall funding, the President wouldn't have been forced to declare an emergency to provide the protection our country needs.
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    Let him do his job
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    There is no border security emergency. There is Trump’s proposed wall of hatred and bigotry. This farce needs to be voted down. No emergency, no wall, no going around Congress to undermine the separation of powers.
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    What emergency? Absolutely every metric provided by THE GOVERNMENTS OWN DATA says there’s no emergency.
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    A wall will impede wildlife from moving across the border in either direction. We can achieve better border security via personnel, drones, and other tech
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    Secure our borders. By any means necessary.
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    I urge you to stand against the fake emergency declaration by President Trump.
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    We need border security.
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    Yes. There is no emergency. While I agree that steps need to be taken to improve security, this is not the way to do it. This is the result of a temper tantrum from someone acting like a petulant child. If you allow this, you open the door to any future President to circumvent Congress and use a manifested “emergency” to provide funding for whatever they fell is necessary. Congress controls the purse. If you allow this to happen you effectively neuter yourselves and eliminate a critical stop in our system of checks and balances. This is not an emergency. This is a manufactured crisis engineered to rile up people. An emergency would be the state of the drinking water in Flint, MI. An emergency would be the unprecedented outbreak of Measles ok children across the country. There are any number of other domestic humanitarian crises which could benefit from instead of a pet project this President has more than two years now to push through. For two years Republicans held a supermajority and still did nothing on this wall. It’s only the year before an election it becomes his focus again. But it’s still not big enough of an emergency to keep him in Washington. No, instead shortly after declaring said emergency he jetted off to Mar-A-Lago for yet another of his taxpayer-funded vacations. Doesn’t sound like an emergency to me.
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    Please terminate the border wall emergency! There is no emergency! We have a man in the White House whining because he’s not getting what he want!
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    We have drugs pouring into this country not to mention human traffic . Is about time to make our borders safe like other countries do. Terrorist are not going away either.
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    👎🏻H.R. Res. 46 AKA Terminate Border Security Emergency Declaration👎🏻. I’m in extremely strong OPPOSITION to the passage or confirmation of the Democratic Politically contrived H.R. Res. 46 AKA Terminate Border Security Emergency Declaration Resolution which would terminate the emergency declaration related to border security issued by President Donald Trump on February 15, 2019. This I nothing more than another Democratic ploy in the continuing their obstructionist efforts against President Trumps efforts in securing our extremely porous Southern Border. The establishment of a Wall/Barrier/Technical security system which would limit the massive influx of not only illegal migrants but additionally the steady flow of illicit drugs gangs into the USA 🇺🇸. The South American illicit actives corridor from Columbia and El Salvador and facilitated by Mexican elements needs to be cut of the illegal activities we are seeing currently. Once again a Samuel Clemens quote comes to mind: “A person who doesn’t understand an issue is better off keeping their mouth shut and be thought to be stupid than to open their mouth and remove all doubt.” For better or worse, Congress gave the president the power to declare emergencies and use certain defense funds to address them. This bill is nothing more than an attempt by Democrats to score political points, as they know they won’t have the votes to override President Trump’s veto. SneakyPete............ 👎🏻👎🏻HR46👎🏻👎🏻. 3*14*19..........
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    The real national emergency is the climate crisis, not the border. I don’t care what you think the cause is, the state of Florida will be under water regardless, unless we make that a priority today instead of tomorrow. The border won’t matter if we keep this up.
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    Yes they should reject it and thankfully they did reject it with 12 Republicans joining Democrats to vote it down. Now the question becomes potentially — will they override Trump’s Veto. It’s good that at least for now they have said — there is a balance of power that undergirds the foundations of our republic. Take heed Bucko it’s not just your call as the Executive alone.
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    We need the wall.
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    Congress doesn’t have any authority to terminate the national emergency declaration. #MAGA #BuildTheWall #FinishTheWall
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    Yes this is just BS From a deranged idiot in my opinion wanting to build a monument to himself. Just another arrogant ploy to satisfy his deranged base. Leave it to our Ky representative to follow in this dumbass step of trump. Get a set Barr you are despicable in my opinion. In my opinion I am appalled that our representatives in Ky are so callas and blind to the majority of the people feel they need to kiss this presidents ass on every level. Barr and McConnell, grow a pair our get the hell out. Hopefully this next go around you McConnell people will vote your sorry ass out you hypocrite and obstructionist. In my opinion.
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    It's just another trump lie
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    Definitely NOT! We need our borders to be secured and it’s the President’s job to do that. If Democrats don’t want to go along, that reflects very poorly on them. It appears Democrats could care less about US citizens and instead want to build a new base from illiterate foreigners who don’t have a clue as to what our country is all about. Freedom from an onerous, overwhelming government. That is why we fought our Revolution against the British in 1776. Do Democrats really want to go back to our pre-Revolutionary Days?
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    This national emergency is a money grab for the wall after Trump couldn’t get funding from Congress for his useless vanity project. Trump is acting like a dictator abusing his authority and this emergency declaration should be revoked. And the next thing that Congress should do is impeach this criminal!
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