It was only about three weeks ago when lawmakers and President Trump signed a temporary bill to end the massive government shutdown that caused approximately 800,000 federal employees to go without pay for over a month. The temporary bill gave Congress three weeks to come up with legislation for border security funding that—and this is always the tough part!—both Democrats and Republicans would agree to, and that President Trump would sign.
Spoiler alert: It was done in just the nick of time! President Trump was given only a portion of the $5.7 billion he asked for to fund the border wall. That portion would be allocated for a wire fence, more border security agents, customs officials, and technology for better detection of weapons. While he signed the legislation, President Trump also declared a national emergency in order to get the border wall funded. According to the President, it was a necessity to keep the country’s southern border safe, but sixteen states disagreed and have since sued him. You see, while former presidents have also used their executive powers to declare national emergencies, none have done so after Congress did not give them funding for a project. The sixteen states believe that President Trump is abusing his executive power by declaring a national emergency that would take away much-needed funding from them. What happens next? Well, like most things … we’ll just have to wait and see.