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South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds spoke with the media about the current government shutdown and what paths there are forward to solving the problem.

 

Senator Rounds was quick to pass blame onto the President and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.  According to Rounds, it’s those two at the negotiation table and the senate is on standby…

 

 

 

President Trump in recent days has floated the idea of declaring a national emergency to enact special executive branch powers and get the wall he wants built on the US’s southern border.  It is unknown if a President has that authority and should he go that route it will likely be challenged in the courts.

 

Despite  the contemporary claims of a national emergency, the President and his allies failed to even try to get border wall funding during the first two years of the administration when all the levers of power in Washington DC belonged to the Republicans.  Senator Rounds says this new found urgency does leave him and some of his colleagues puzzled…

 

 

 

 

Should the president try and exercise executive power by claiming a national emergency, the money to build the wall would come out of the defense budget.  Senator Rounds has authored legislation with four other members of the senate to fully fund the wall project in hopes of preventing the need to dip into the defense budget.

 

No matter how this shutdown ends, it’s clear now with the President seeking money from congress, Mexico is not going to pay for the wall.  This despite the claims the President made on the campaign trail in 2016.  Senator Rounds seemed to acknowledge the President’s falsehoods on that matter…

 

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