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senate Bill S. 2705

Should Congress Prohibit the President From Redirecting Military Construction Funds by Declaring a National Emergency?

Argument in favor

The Trump administration’s attempt to divert funding from other military projects to build the border wall jeopardizes over 120 important military projects and endangers overall U.S. readiness. This bill would reverse that decision, return funding to important military priorities, and ensure that such a situation won’t happen in current or future administrations.

Brian's Opinion
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11/04/2019
Congress must enforce separation of powers.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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11/04/2019
Will you please just let this wall lie go? It’s been breached by a 100$ tool from Home Depot, climbed in seconds by elementary school students, and flown over by planes EVERY SINGLE DAY. It was a dumb idea to spin up xenophobia in fearful insecure people. Anyone who looked past the rhetoric at reality could see it was a waste. Can you work on immigration reform based in modern realities? Please?
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Pamela's Opinion
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11/04/2019
The President should not have the authority to move money already allocated by Congress without their approval
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Argument opposed

The Trump administration was within its rights to move military funds around to fund the border wall, and Congress should respect the authority it gave the executive branch to set national security priorities. While it’s important to spend on other military projects, the border wall is an urgent priority, so it’s justifiable to pull funds from other military spending to fund its construction.

Just.Dave's Opinion
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11/04/2019
The defense budget is yuge, let me tell you something, out defense budget is greater than some countries have for their entire budget. If President Trump wants to use this money to repair the wall, to build it right, then what's the real problem, other than your voter fraud will be hindered. Maybe you should come back to reality and attempt to get the people of this nation to vote for you without pushing your socialist agenda, and stop pushing to remove our freedom. You wouldn't need voter fraud if you weren't if you fighting to increase inequality between races and ethnicities and gender and everything else you chose to slap a label on to prove it's different. C'mon libs... We're coming up on 2020, and your racist, sexist rhetoric is getting old. Stop drawing lines in the sand and talking about everyone's differences, and start talking about what we all have in common. We're all human, created equal. Then you won't need voter fraud.
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JDMA's Opinion
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11/04/2019
No, do your job and provide funding to secure the boarder. It is because of Congress’ ineptitude that he is doing it. Bills like this are pathetic.
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JTJ's Opinion
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11/04/2019
America voted for the wall. Trump is doing the will of the people. Congress is doing nothing for the people.
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      Committee on Armed Services
    IntroducedOctober 24th, 2019
    Congress must enforce separation of powers.
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    The defense budget is yuge, let me tell you something, out defense budget is greater than some countries have for their entire budget. If President Trump wants to use this money to repair the wall, to build it right, then what's the real problem, other than your voter fraud will be hindered. Maybe you should come back to reality and attempt to get the people of this nation to vote for you without pushing your socialist agenda, and stop pushing to remove our freedom. You wouldn't need voter fraud if you weren't if you fighting to increase inequality between races and ethnicities and gender and everything else you chose to slap a label on to prove it's different. C'mon libs... We're coming up on 2020, and your racist, sexist rhetoric is getting old. Stop drawing lines in the sand and talking about everyone's differences, and start talking about what we all have in common. We're all human, created equal. Then you won't need voter fraud.
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    Will you please just let this wall lie go? It’s been breached by a 100$ tool from Home Depot, climbed in seconds by elementary school students, and flown over by planes EVERY SINGLE DAY. It was a dumb idea to spin up xenophobia in fearful insecure people. Anyone who looked past the rhetoric at reality could see it was a waste. Can you work on immigration reform based in modern realities? Please?
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    The President should not have the authority to move money already allocated by Congress without their approval
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    Smugglers are sawing through his wall as is. It doesn’t work. There for it is a waste of money.
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    trump abused the powers implicit to the President by declaring the wall to be a ‘National Emergency’, even publicly commenting on his way to a Mar-a-loCo golf outing that he declared a ‘National Emergency’ because neither the House nor the Senate would agree to appropriate the funds he desired. It was one of the many, many offenses that should go on the impeachment list - since he unilaterally and without due cause, re-appropriated Congressionally appropriated funding- thus usurping a uniquely Congressional authority. His Republican enablers chose to ignore this and the ‘more-to-come’ abuses by successively ceding more and more of their legal authority. There should be no need for new legislation. ... ... Just impeach and remove the SOB! Republican’s and the controlling RNC- have some balls to right what is wrong, take back control of Congressional authority, fix the problems you have enabled. If you keep giving him rope, he will hang more than just himself. If he gets a second term and no longer needs you or his base, the rope that you’ve given him will be used to hang us all.
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    If the military budget is bloated, we need to give them less $$. Trump should not be able to divert funds from the military for his fake emergency and vanity wall. This wall will not work. It has already been climbed by children and professional climbers. And it was also recently sawed through. It is a total waste of money and we all know it. When every republican finds themselves voted out you will know why. The executive branch of government has been given too much power and we the people want it taken away!!
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    Don't let this president who knows jack shit about the military make such decisions. And we don't need another declaration by him to declare state of emergency. Then again if he puts workers out of work again with no pay or forces workers in critical jobs to work for no pay for 45 days like before, even though they eventually got back pay, the economy will tank again and narrow his already narrow chances for re-election and I'm all for that
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    Yes, Congress needs to redirect funds away from the ineffective border wall that tRump siphoned away from the military budget, declaring a national emergency. The term “National Emergency” needs to be narrowly & clearly defined so that this executive over-reach does not happen again. Republicans, I’m sure you agree? Imagine declaring a National Emergency for healthcare, homelessness, the opioid crises, student debt, crumbling infrastructure...I could go on, but you get it (once we try to help Americans with real problems), right?
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    When will Congress confront directly Trump’s overt intentional lying in his self aggrandizing at all costs? Were are your loyalties?
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    The military isn’t his personal discretionary fund.
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    This is the move of an autocratic, Fascist dictator. We live in the United States of America . We don’t allow dictators.
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    Stop wasting money on a vanity project
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    No, do your job and provide funding to secure the boarder. It is because of Congress’ ineptitude that he is doing it. Bills like this are pathetic.
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    Another of Strumpfy's insane, illegal use of the presidential powers.
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    America voted for the wall. Trump is doing the will of the people. Congress is doing nothing for the people.
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    Congress is in charge of appropriations. Trump and his administration have yet to learn that. For Trump to unilaterally reassign monies to projects he prefers to see funded is a violation of his oath of office and of the Constitution, not that he and the Republicans care about any of that. The wall is a massive waste of time, money, and energy. What good is it when you can climb over it in minutes and cut holes in it with a reciprocating saw bought at your local hardware store?
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    Constitution says congress has "the power of the purse". Trump is continually trying to bypass them. Unfortunately, the expensive wall can be cut with a $100 dollar recip saw so is a large waste of money. We don't need a dictator in the United States. We need a President who will fulfill his obligation to protect the constitution and serve the citizens.
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    This president doesn’t understand that he has rules, laws and boundaries. He must stay in his lane and obey the law and the GOP needs to make him do so.
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    The Trump administration’s attempt to divert funding from other military projects to build the border wall jeopardizes over 120 important military projects and endangers overall U.S. readiness. This bill would reverse that decision, return funding to important military priorities, and ensure that such a situation won’t happen in current or future administrations.
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