GOP senators to watch on Trump's emergency declaration

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  • Onion Daze Payson, UT
    Feb. 24, 2019 11:43 a.m.

    Some "experts" say the main source of illegal immigrants congregating at the USA/Mexico border in 2019 are families from Central America.

    Perhaps Mr. Trump should propose to pay ( the United States government) for a wall in Mexico near their borders with Guatemala and Belize???

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2019 9:03 a.m.

    David, Centerville

    "The main reason I believe this is not an emergency--I do not a future democrat president to declare a national emergency to restrict free speech, the 2nd amendment, religious freedoms, the right to assemble, and energy policy (global warming) and taxation (carbon tax). It does appear Trump wants this wall so badly that "now" it is an emergency."

    It's funny that you should worry about DEMS taking away freedoms when they are the ones that usually go for expanded Freedoms and Republicans try to limit them.

    Trump wants to stop abortions by cutting funding to Planned Parenthood by taking away money that would be used for contraception.

    This morning Supreme Judge Clarence Thomas said he wants to revisit Sullivan vs. NYT to limit Freedom of Speech by journalists and reporters.

    Trump said he would like to prevent SNL's right to Free Speech because they don't worship him. Same with Washington Post comments.

    Dems were the ones to give equal rights to gays. Not special rights, just equality under the Constitution. Giving people equal rights to all people does not take any rights away from anyone else. Equal rights is not like a pie. Everyone gets a piece.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Feb. 24, 2019 6:59 a.m.

    Tellingly, this comment was made: "I do not (sic) a future democrat president to declare a national emergency to restrict free speech, the 2nd amendment, religious freedoms, the right to assemble".

    Indeed, this exposes the motives of the Trump fan club. While trying to claim the higher ground with a grossly defamatory remark aimed at Democrats, these kinds of comments show us the true nature of the conservative mind.

    That nature being that they really are 'all-in' on the notion of Trump's emergency declaration, but want to be seen as reasonable through the slippery slope argumentation. Their calls for Congressional action are weak, if not laughable. There was ample time and the votes to pass this kind of funding in the last Congress.

    Trump has made political hay with his latest gambit to appease his base. His base has responded favorably to this ruse, and now employs empty logic to appear reasonble.

    I am not fooled.

  • wgirl , 00
    Feb. 23, 2019 8:24 p.m.

    I was listening to a discussion about the vote to nullify Trump's "emergency" earlier today and one of the commentators said, "if this were a secret vote, it would pass both chambers with flying colors and a veto proof majority."

    It is true...and very sad.

    The Republican party has sold its soul to a vain, greedy, vulgar, immoral and corrupt man - Reality TV star, Donald Trump.

    They don't have the courage to defend the Constitution because it will make him mad, even though they know it is the right thing to do.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 3:07 p.m.

    @David - Centerville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 1:55 p.m.
    As a conservative, I hope all Senators will think deeply upon their duty, and not their self-interest."

    The only reason they are thinking of denying Trump, is because of their own self interests. Their term is over if they don't vote against Trump's fake "national emergency" in all but the reddest states. Trump could shoot someone on 5th Ave. and Utah Republicans would still vote for their righteous GOP Senators that support Trump. I know that you hope our Senators will do the right thing, but watch what they actually do.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 1:55 p.m.

    As a conservative, I hope all Senators will think deeply upon their duty, and not their self-interest. Their duty is to uphold the US Constitution, which states that Congress has power to allocate federal expenditures, except in times of war and national emergency. The question that presents itself at this point is whether the border situation can be defined as an emergency--I believe it is critical that we address the border and immigration. But the situation has been a consistent problems for literally decades. Precedent is that Congress has attempted to deal with the border, unsuccessfully. Does that make the current situation an emergency. I don't believe so. Congress must simply do their job, discuss, debate and pass immigration reform legislation. This is not an emergency that requires emergency funding.

    The main reason I believe this is not an emergency--I do not a future democrat president to declare a national emergency to restrict free speech, the 2nd amendment, religious freedoms, the right to assemble, and energy policy (global warming) and taxation (carbon tax). It does appear Trump wants this wall so badly that "now" it is an emergency.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 12:03 p.m.

    Wouldn't it be wonderful to have Republicans in Congress who are honest, sensible, and courageous enough to do the right thing -- no matter what?

    I know it's a bit foolish, but I still hold out a little hope that some of them may find those forgotten qualities.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 10:37 a.m.

    For the first time in a couple of decades, it sounds like Republicans are not voting for; "Party First."

    That is a significant change in their recent stance on just about everything Trump and McConnell have proposed or objected to.

    Maybe some rationality is coming back to thinking instead of rubber stamping everything they want.

    A wall won't do anything except make a few contractors a lot of money.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 7:42 a.m.

    Watch them all. Any Senator, on either side, that still supports Trump ignoring the Constitution, needs to be voted out. Perhaps, if they started telling Trump "no", on his behavior, 2 years ago, they wouldn't be at this point now.

  • Joe Leaphorn Scottsdale, AZ
    Feb. 23, 2019 12:36 a.m.

    What a tough spot to be in. Republican senators up for re-election in 2020 being forced to vote on an issue none but the most hard-core, Donald Trump supporter in solid red states wants to be identified with. Moderate Republicans have a choice: Align themselves with Trump and probably lose their seat or vote "yes" and get primaried by the extreme fringe. The only saving grace is that any nominee coming from the Trump wing of the Party will be sure to lose in any purple state election. Fringe candidates are not welcome in these states. Being associated with Trump is the kiss of death these days.

    Mitch McConnell wants to keep this resolution from having to go do Trump's desk, but he has no choice. Again Nancy Pelosi has scored another political point getting members of Congress to take a position on an issue. The temper of the voting public is in no mood for a complacent Congress and is signaling change.

    As Trump goes to see his BFF in Vietnam, Michael Cohen will testify before Congress, Paul Manafort will face new sentencing, and Robert Mueller may release his final report. Kim Jong Un has Trump's number and Republican's are watching to see how much he gives away. It's not good.