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A huge mistake and a dangerous precedent

Donald Trump has been threatening to declare a national emergency to get his border wall built as we enter the third week of this unnecessary and harmful government shutdown.

You probably know that I am always an optimist, but we all must be prepared for Trump to declare a "national emergency" to attempt to force this through without Congressional approval.

The important thing to know about this option: it's a huge mistake and would set a dangerous precedent.

Declaring a state of emergency gives the President many additional authorities, including:

  • Directing the military to take on construction projects;
  • Shutting down electronic communications inside the U.S.;
  • Taking control over the internet and internet searches;
  • Freezing Americans' bank accounts and blocking financial transactions;
  • Deploying troops inside our country to subdue "domestic unrest."

A state of emergency should only be enacted when there are no other options available in the time of a real crisis. And there is no national emergency when it comes to border security. We have many options available that Congress and the Senate have presented.

I encourage you to read this article in The Atlantic that details what a national emergency truly means, examples of previous national emergency declarations under former presidents and what we might be looking at today.

As Donald Trump continues to act in his own interest, instead of the country's best interest, I will continue to work with my fellow representatives in Congress to hold this president accountable to his actions and will keep you updated on any progress or steps we are taking.


Posted on January 11, 2019.

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Congressman Jim Himes is a tireless voice for common-sense, independent solutions to the challenges facing Connecticut. He's looking out for the middle class, fighting for affordable health care for all, taking on special interests like the NRA to end gun violence, and working to create economic opportunity for working families.

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