The current buzz in the halls of Congress is over the president’s declaration of a national emergency to fund his border wall as a national security issue. The president is proposing to fund the wall by diverting money from needed projects in the Department of Defense. Patrick M. Shanahan, the acting Secretary of Defense, has expressed concern of the president’s emergency declaration and taking this money to fund the wall.
Several Republican members of Congress have expressed concerns and fear the precedent of this declaration may have on future presidential actions to seek an emergency action for one of their projects that were not funded by Congress.
Already 16 states have filed lawsuits declaring the president’s action as unconstitutional. The Democrat-controlled House followed the state’s lawsuits with a joint resolution in an attempt to block the declaration by Congress. There has also been a letter signed by 58 former national security officials criticizing the national emergency declaration.
In Colorado, it looks like two Democrat state leaders will throw their hats in the ring in the presidential sweepstakes.
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Michael Bennet were campaigning last week in the first Democrat primary state of Iowa. Both men have distinguished and varied resumes in education, business and politics that make both them credible candidates.
With the number of Democrat presidential hopefuls who are entering the race, it is refreshing to see that the interests of the West will be part of the presidential debate by these two candidates from Colorado.
It’s important that in the next two years that we carefully evaluate the positions of all our presidential and local candidates to ensure that we select the individual that speaks to our values and provides a credible vision for the best interests of our citizens and has the tools for which to achieve them.
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