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February 14, 2019

AEI defense scholars available to comment on national emergency
AEI Resident Fellow Mackenzie Eaglen

"This [move] will forever destroy precedent for what constitutes an 'emergency' under executive authority. This abuse and broadening of the interpretation means that there is no limit to what any president can now use as cover to pilfer finds from other priorities and skirting Congressional checks and balances.

The gambit simply will not work. It will be immediately challenged in court and likely stall out until adjudicated. In the meantime, however, the funds taken from Army Corps of Engineers’ projects will halt all work on whatever else was supposed to be done, likely degrading military readiness. Not to mention that the funds will have to be replaced at some point anyway thereby adding to the cost of the 'emergency.'”

AEI Research Fellow Rick Berger:

"This emergency declaration is short-sighted in every way. It will hurt military readiness and disaster-ridden communities by diverting funds ... that were authorized by Congress for specific purposes. More troops will have to be pulled from training against Russia, China, and terrorists to string up barbed wire on the border. It will [also] do lasting harm to the military as a whole by pitting the wall against the troops in the upcoming negotiations to avert almost $300 billion in defense cuts over the next two years.

Congress can and should act to neuter this emergency proclamation and reclaim its constitutional authority as the ultimate arbiter of American’s taxpayer dollars."

Read more from Mackenzie Eaglen and Rick Berger: Support the troops -- don't declare a national emergency
Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow
Research Areas: Military readiness, Defense strategy, Defense budget, Military personnel
Rick Berger, Research Fellow
Research Areas: Defense policy, National security, Defense budget, Defense appropriations
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