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HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS DENIES EXECUTIVE UNILATERAL ACTION AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER - ISSUE MOVES IN TWO DIRECTIONS - Development provides an opportunity to examine the issue top to bottom


To begin, let's frame the context of this political heavyweight bout. As we know, our federal government is comprised of three branches whereby each retains checks and balances over the other two: executive, legislative and judicial. Each possesses unique authority and powers and those responsibilities are calibrated and regulated by the other two branches. Given these fundamentals, at odds in this argument are the president's authority to declare a national emergency and unilaterally appropriate funding for a southern border barrier, which stands as an effort to circumvent one of the most significant and treasured powers in all of the federal government - the 'power of the purse' or, in other words, the authority to appropriate and spend federal dollars. Obviously, Congress …