Big Government

Funding the wall

  • 6 March 2019
  • NormanL

The president's declaration of a national emergency in order to spur construction of a physical barrier along the southern border has roiled official Washington. Part of the funding the president says he will use comes from other funds already appropriated, but as yet unused. What does all this mean?

A long list of national emergencies

  • 6 February 2019
  • NormanL

One thing that did not occur in the president's State of the Union address was a declaration of a national emergency along the southern border. President Trump has considered the option in the face of congressional opposition to his request for a border wall. While that option may still be on the table, something else to consider is just how many "national emergencies" are currently active.