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Right after El Chapo’s trial made it completely clear how useless a border wall would be, right after both New Mexico and California withdrew their guard troops as unnecessary, and in the face of a spending bill that reflected that reality, our president has decided to take a huge authoritarian leap forward with a declaration of a national emergency. This is a deliberate end run around Congress and our country’s system of checks and balances, all to appease his voting base.
Action – Tell our legislators to vote immediately for a resolution of disapproval to stop Trump’s revenge move.
Under the National Emergencies Act of 1976, the president can declare an emergency for just about anything. However, Congress gave itself the ability to terminate an emergency declaration. It’s only been tried once, when President George W. Bush tried to use an “emergency” to override federal wage requirements for government contractors rebuilding after Katrina. While the lawsuits against the administration are warming up…
Dust it off!
Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Sen. to immediately vote for a resolution of disapproval for the president’s false declaration of an emergency to force through funding for a useless wall.
Rep. Julia Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email. (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: email, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Who is my representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com
- What can a president do during an emergency (atlantic)
- If Trump declares an emergency to build the wall, Congress can block him. (npr)
- Trump plans national emergency to build border wall. (NYTimes)
- Resistance Coloring Book – Stupid Border Wall Edition (IndivisibleVentura)