The U.S. Senate will vote this Thursday on S.J. Res. 10 to terminate Trump’s fake national emergency that will set a critical precedent for the future of our democratic norms and institutions.
We already know Donald Trump is a wannabe authoritarian. We also know that Trump just signed a deal from Congress that increased boots, beds, and some “barrier” funding.
But that wasn’t enough for him. In addition, Trump declared a fake national emergency to get his way on his unnecessary and xenophobic border wall.
The House has voted to terminate the fake emergency by a vote of 245-182. Now, the resolution heads to the Senate. Read more here.
This will be the first time in history Congress has voted to end a presidential emergency. For far too long, Congress and courts have been mostly deferential to the president on “national security” issues. This is changing and should continue to change. Not just because presidents have accumulated too much anti-democratic “emergency” powers, but because now Donald Trump owns those powers and is abusing them.
Congress gave itself the power to terminate a presidential emergency but has never used it. Using their power here is a significant precedent.