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house Bill H.R. 1137

Should the President Be Prohibited From Diverting Money from the Army Corps of Engineers During National Emergencies?

Argument in favor

Taking money that’s meant to go towards disaster recovery efforts is a dirty political trick that circumvents Congressional control over how public funds get spent. This bill would ensure that President Trump — and future presidents — can’t use national emergencies to get money for priorities that Congress doesn’t want to fund.

Jean's Opinion
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03/06/2019
First there STILL is NO NATIONAL EMERGENCY. So funds should not be diverted from anywhere to support a NON-EXISTENT NATIONAL EMERGENCY!
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burrkitty's Opinion
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03/06/2019
ACE money is project specific funding. Yanking money from the Army Corps of Engineers means that there are people who are not gonna get roads built, not gonna get dams built, not gonna have their beaches protected, not gonna get sea walls built, and not going to get repairs made to their old ports. You will literally be halting critical infrastructure projects. We are already struggling with our infrastructure disintegrating. And now they want to steal the money for a nonexistent “emergency“. No. I would also like to point out that more than 95% of the Army Corps of Engineers are civilians, not enlisted military. It may have army in the name and on paper, but it is NOT THE MILITARY. The only ACE unit that has soldiers is the one in Afghanistan and they are all reservists. Not active duty.
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Phillip's Opinion
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03/06/2019
There’s no real national emergency in the first place and even if it were I think it’s tragically sad that this sort of activity needs to be legislated to restrain the toddler in charge.
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Argument opposed

The legal authority that this bill seeks to eliminate hasn’t been used in the 30-plus years since its establishment. Even though the Trump administration has reportedly looked into diverting money from the Army Corps, it’s not a done deal — so it’s unclear whether there’s really a need for this bill.

Miles's Opinion
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03/06/2019
CBP: 76,000 apprehensions alone in February 2019 at the southern border. Over 80% of ICE’s ~40,000 current detainees have committed crimes other than illegal immigration. Keep shielding your precious eyes so you can brainwash them to strengthen your voter base. Might as well have TVs playing CNN at the border.
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John's Opinion
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03/06/2019
President has Constitutional authority over the armed services whether we like who’s in office or not.
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Bob's Opinion
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03/06/2019
The armed forces are under his command. As the Executive and Commander in Chief he has the Constitutional power to adjust the funds apropriated in a national emergency.
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    First there STILL is NO NATIONAL EMERGENCY. So funds should not be diverted from anywhere to support a NON-EXISTENT NATIONAL EMERGENCY!
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    CBP: 76,000 apprehensions alone in February 2019 at the southern border. Over 80% of ICE’s ~40,000 current detainees have committed crimes other than illegal immigration. Keep shielding your precious eyes so you can brainwash them to strengthen your voter base. Might as well have TVs playing CNN at the border.
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    ACE money is project specific funding. Yanking money from the Army Corps of Engineers means that there are people who are not gonna get roads built, not gonna get dams built, not gonna have their beaches protected, not gonna get sea walls built, and not going to get repairs made to their old ports. You will literally be halting critical infrastructure projects. We are already struggling with our infrastructure disintegrating. And now they want to steal the money for a nonexistent “emergency“. No. I would also like to point out that more than 95% of the Army Corps of Engineers are civilians, not enlisted military. It may have army in the name and on paper, but it is NOT THE MILITARY. The only ACE unit that has soldiers is the one in Afghanistan and they are all reservists. Not active duty.
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    President has Constitutional authority over the armed services whether we like who’s in office or not.
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    There’s no real national emergency in the first place and even if it were I think it’s tragically sad that this sort of activity needs to be legislated to restrain the toddler in charge.
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    The armed forces are under his command. As the Executive and Commander in Chief he has the Constitutional power to adjust the funds apropriated in a national emergency.
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    It's the job of Congress to allocate funds and these funds that have been allocated for a specific purpose should not be available for the president to use as he sees fit.
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    Most of those 76000 people weren’t “apprehended” they turned themselves over most at ports of entry, so they could seek asylum. Use the whole fact not just part of it. The President should not be able to use ANY funds not allocated by Congress!
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    Hey, you progressives! You had a chance to fund the wall. Now you find out Trump has used a frequent way to find money to solve a national disaster. Part of that protect and defend pledge.
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    He is the President.. it’s the job of that office to oversee the army and to mobilize funds and services in national emergencies as the commander and chief... get over it you triggered liberal trolls... Hillary and Bernie lost, deal with it.
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    If the president is working within the laws I say YES. I totally disagree with anyone trying to CHANGE the law because they don’t like our president. It’s high time all of us start doing what’s BEST for the country.
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    With the huge emergency at the border, the whole government should be acting as one to put up the wall and man it. But the democrats have their treasonous heads up their ass. The president can divert money to protect our country, as he should. You traitors aren’t going to do anything to help us, the president is. Stop trying to destroy our country!
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    More democrat obstruction! Let the President do his job protecting our borders and citizens. Congress has become ineffective in doing their jobs. Congress has failed the American citizens and should be voted out if they fail to protect our borders. Build the wall!
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    No. The president should be able to do what congress has allowed every president before the current one to do.
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    Democrats should be prohibited from diverting money away from national emergencies.
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    No it’s fully within his authority to use monies from any department of the Federal government, monies which have already been appropriated. #MAGA
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    It’s a very dangerous thing to do. As climate change progresses, we will need even more money for increased natural disasters.
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    If this is true Dems, why did you allow Obama to send $1,500,000,000 to Iran, who has vowed ‘Death to America’?
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    Yes he should be blocked— he can’t legally divert money From anywhere— that’s the Constitutional responsibility of the Congress. Note that most importantly here he’s neutralizing-the power of the Constitution to commit an illegal act. Let him do it once and he will become the complete dictator he always was. That’s what’s most important here he’s violating the constitution and half of the people are begging him to do it. Sad and shameful.
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    Given the misuse of this presidential authority, the power to declare an emergency and appropriate funds without congressional approval must be eliminated.
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