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Congress Terminates Only Emergency Declaration Protecting US Citizens, Trump Vetos

The Legal Status of Presidential Emergency Powers In 1976, Congress passed the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. §§ 1601-1651).  It contains the following simple and straightforward language giving the President power to declare a national emergency: “With respect to acts of Congress authorizing the exercise, during the period of a national emergency, of any special or […]

How A Bill Becomes a Law: Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution

The Constitution’s Article I, Section 7 defines the process by which the federal government passes laws. Section 7 opens with the Origination Clause which requires “Bills for raising Revenue” to originate in the House of Representatives. The second clause and third clauses are known as both the “Presentment Clause” and “Lawmaking Clause”. The Presentment Clause is […]