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house Bill H.R. 1755

Should Congress Reassert its Authority Over National Emergency Declarations?

Argument in favor

The existence of 32 current national emergencies across the U.S. — including one dating from the Carter administration — is proof that there are too many declared ‘emergencies’ in the U.S. that seemingly never end. This bill reasserts Congressional authority over national emergency declarations and ensures national emergencies end in a timely manner when appropriate.

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05/02/2019
Yes, and how about the authority to declare war? Afghanistan is going on 17 years. We should declare war or get the fuck out. Our casual military aggression around the world only breeds terror.
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CaptJack's Opinion
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05/02/2019
Trump’s declaration was within the bounds of the national emergency law, but violated the Constitution. In addition to requiring Congress to approve these emergencies after their declaration, the law itself needs to be improved to make clear how appropriations will be handled.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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05/03/2019
Yeah, absolutely. Also the power over war. Those are Congressional powers.
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Argument opposed

The president has a right and responsibility to declare national emergencies as needed to keep the U.S. safe. The nature of national emergencies means that it’s important for the president to have broad latitude to respond to them. This bill would make it harder for the U.S. government to respond to situations at home and abroad that require flexibility.

CombatVeteran's Opinion
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05/02/2019
Democrats just can't stand to not have all the power. Imagine if the Republicans controlled Congress and tried this. What an absurd reaction we would get from the Dems. Democrats, get over yourselves.
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Miles's Opinion
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05/02/2019
Would love to hear the reasons why that is an overreach of power by the executive, considering there is a serious situation. Millions of people attempt to, or walk into the US every year. Obama declared I think 10 natl emergencies, each about as stupid as the last. No one had a problem with it. Look in your mirror, & say “hypocritical moron”
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Jim2423's Opinion
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05/02/2019
You (Democrats) are only sore losers. It was fine when Clinton or Obama used Emergency Requests.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
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      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    IntroducedMarch 14th, 2019
    Yes, and how about the authority to declare war? Afghanistan is going on 17 years. We should declare war or get the fuck out. Our casual military aggression around the world only breeds terror.
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    Democrats just can't stand to not have all the power. Imagine if the Republicans controlled Congress and tried this. What an absurd reaction we would get from the Dems. Democrats, get over yourselves.
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    Trump’s declaration was within the bounds of the national emergency law, but violated the Constitution. In addition to requiring Congress to approve these emergencies after their declaration, the law itself needs to be improved to make clear how appropriations will be handled.
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    Yeah, absolutely. Also the power over war. Those are Congressional powers.
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    Our government has long been a process of checks and balances until this administration began hijacking Congress’ prerogatives.
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    Would love to hear the reasons why that is an overreach of power by the executive, considering there is a serious situation. Millions of people attempt to, or walk into the US every year. Obama declared I think 10 natl emergencies, each about as stupid as the last. No one had a problem with it. Look in your mirror, & say “hypocritical moron”
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    The recent misuse of the National Emergency Declaration by the President shows why this power was provided for Congress and not the Executive Branch to begin with. It is not in the best interest of the country to have Congress resign their powers to another branch of government and allow any president the ability to make unilateral decisions which effect the entire country. This erodes our system of checks and balances. Congress must reassert it’s powers and never give them away again. I support this Republican sponsored bill.
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    Yes, Congress should reassert it’s authority over declarations of emergency! Current president is incapable ... of determining what constitutes a true emergency.
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    You (Democrats) are only sore losers. It was fine when Clinton or Obama used Emergency Requests.
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    The Right & Responsibility For National Emergency’s Is The Presidents The president has a right and responsibility to declare national emergencies as needed to keep the U.S. safe. The nature of national emergencies means that it’s important for the president to have broad latitude to respond to them. This Democratic bill would make it harder for the U.S. government to respond to situations at home and abroad that require flexibility and is nothing more again of the Democrats attempting to usurp the President’s Congressional duties and responsibilities SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻President 👍🏻👍🏻. 5*2*19.....
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    Congress needs to grow a set and reassert their authority over a SHITLOAD of issues that the butt-hurt traitor Trump has illegally hijacked in order to serve himself at our expense. YES.
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    Congress represents the people. We need to take this Country back via Congress. The chief executive should only represent what Congress has decided and voted on.
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    I can’t think of any President except Trump who has abused this feature of government. So it is a problem with THIS clown rather than with the right for a President to declare a national emergency. So, here we go, all Presidents, beginning with the next one (exceptTrump) may declare a national emergency, subject to approval by Congress. There, fixed it.
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    Absolutely. Congress must re assert it’s authority over emergency declarations.
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    The President simply has too much power in this regard. An authoritarian scumbag like Trump can simply declare a national emergency whenever he wants if he doesn’t get it from Congress. There’s no national emergency at the border! We have plenty of real emergencies like climate change, our crumbling infrastructure, a broken healthcare system, and opioid overdose epidemic! It’s time for Washington to put its focus on where it belongs!
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    No ! More newbie legislation. Chip if you have served in the US military:1.you know that the world is a dangerous place and 2. There are many who would harm our country and our friends and 3. You would appreciate the role of Commander in Chief where the right to declare a national emergency is essential to effectively protect our nation. By now I hope you know that Congress cannot do its Job now ! Why would anyone risk expanding their job,Congress cannot and sometimes simply will not put the people’s interests above their own self interests or party politics. Chip, I ask you to focus your attention on the humanitarian crisis created by Congress at our Southern border. Secure the southern border.
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    It’s their job!
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    I’m sure with our present political system, Congress in control of a National Emergency System would be a national emergency!
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    Trump abused his power when he declared a National Emergency where one did not exist. He lied his way to the declaration and has lied ever since. Congress must stop this kind of abuse.
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    This president has shown he doesn't care at all to abuse the system and the process.
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