Economics Professor explains what emergency declaration means


    It's official: a National Emergency has been declared.

    The President has signed a bill that funds the government and also declaring a National Emergency to get the money needed to build a wall along the southern border.

    Democrats are denouncing the declaration and vow a fight.

    Even the president predicts a battle in the courts, which experts say could take years.

    With all the talk surrounding a National Emergency, what does it really mean and does it impact us?

    U of M Flint Associate Professor of Economics Chris Douglas says giving presidents power to declare a National Emergency dates back to the 70's.

    “The thinking being there might be a terrorist or military attack where he needs to mobilize defense assets quickly without going through congress,” he said.

    But you might be surprised to learn the United States is now under 32 states of declared emergency.

    “It's like any government program once it's enacted it's really hard to un-enact,” he said.

    That's according to documents from the Congressional Research Service and the Federal Register. One stretches back to the Carter Administration as a response to the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1979.

    “I think it's suggests that our political system is broken because when the constitution was written it wasn't intended the president fund various things using either emergency declarations or executive orders,” he said.

    Douglas believes President Trump's Emergency Declaration will eventually end up in front of a judge. But if it does go through...

    “It won't impact our day to day lives. I would say 99 percent of Americans are unaffected by this act,” he said.

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