President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. The Republican president's move to circumvent Congress represented an escalation in his efforts to make good on a 2016 presidential campaign pledge to build a wall to halt the flow into the country of illegal immigrants, who Trump says bring crime and drugs. Three Texas landowners and an environmental group filed the first lawsuit on Friday challenging the declaration aimed at freeing up billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said. The lawsuit, brought in federal court in the District of Columbia, claims the south Texas landowners were told by the U.S. government that it would seek to build a border wall on their properties if money for the project were available in 2019, Public … [Read more...] about Trump Declares Emergency for Border Wall, First Lawsuit Filed
Trump declares 1224 federal holiday
As February comes to an end, US citizens have already had three days off work due to federal holidays. On January 1, people had the day off work for New Year’s Day and some three weeks later the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated in the USA. In addition, Americans recently had Monday, February 18 off to mark the birthday of George Washington, the nation’s first president. Related articles 4th of July 2018: Why do Americans celebrate the 4th of July? President’s Day 2019: Are banks open on President's Day 2019? Federal holidays are often observed with paid-time off from work. The days off were created by Congress in 1885 when it was decided that federal employees should have certain days off from work. Since 1885, Congress had kept adding historical days for Americans to have off. Federal holidays that fall on a Saturday are observed by employees on the previous Friday, whereas holidays that fall on Sunday are observed the following Monday. US … [Read more...] about US holidays 2019: When are the US federal holidays – How many days off work do you get?
WASHINGTON — President Trump formally declared a national emergency at the border on Friday to access billions of dollars to build a border wall that Congress refused to give him, transforming a highly charged policy dispute into a fundamental confrontation over separation of powers. In a televised announcement in the Rose Garden, Mr. Trump said he was signing the declaration to protect the country from the flow of drugs, criminals and illegal immigrants coming across the southwestern border from Mexico, which he characterized as a profound threat to national security. The declaration will enable Mr. Trump to divert $3.6 billion budgeted for military construction projects to the border wall, White House officials said. Mr. Trump will also use more traditional presidential budgetary discretion to tap $2.5 billion from counternarcotics programs and $600 million from a Treasury Department asset forfeiture fund. Combined with the $1.375 billion authorized for fencing in a spending … [Read more...] about Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall
President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands from Super Typhoon Yutu, opening the door to a range of federal assistance for recovery, but thousands of Saipan and Tinian residents are still without access to drinking and tap water as of Saturday. Hundreds of military and other federal agency personnel led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are now on Saipan and Tinian for assessment, response and recovery efforts. Relief supplies such as drinking water and food continued to arrive Saturday. CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres announced in a press conference that federal partners FEMA and the Department of Defense, along with local agencies, will prioritize access to water, food and medical care. Military transport South Korea, meanwhile, sent a military transport plane to Saipan to bring home more than 1,000 stranded Korean tourists because of Yutu, state-run Yonhap News Agency said. Edward B. Mendiola, deputy director of the … [Read more...] about Trump declares CNMI major disaster from Yutu, S. Korea rescues citizens from Saipan
The U.S. Post Office will be open Christmas Eve despite President Donald Trump declaring the day a federal holiday. U.S. Postal Service operations will remain open for business and mail delivery will continue as usual on Christmas Eve as the agency continues to deliver nearly 16 billion mail and package deliveries this holiday season, Strategic Communications Specialist Duke Gonzales said. Across the nation most of the retail counters will be open until noon nationally on Dec. 24, he said. More: Calvo pardons 28, including 4 sex offenders More: $12 million anticipated for GMH The retail counters at the Post Offices in Barrigada, Hagåtña and Tamuning will all be open until noon. However, some retail offices may be open later due to customer needs. Below are the details regarding Post Office hours of operation on Guam on Christmas Eve. Guam Post Offices with regular retail & package pick up hours Andersen Air Force Base: 9 a.m. to 3 … [Read more...] about Post office open on Christmas Eve despite federal holiday