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There are 31 national emergencies currently in effect, many of them for YEARS

Democrats and some Republicans decried POTUS Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S. border on Friday, claiming, variously, that it’s unconstitutional, a violation of congressional budget authority, unnecessary, and illegal.

But since the National Emergency Act of 1976 was passed, all presidents have declared national emergencies. And in fact, currently, according to the Federal Register, there are 31 of them in effect.

Many are automatically renewed each year, and several have been in effect for decades.

They are, by president:

Jimmy Carter (D):

Nov 14, 1979: The National Emergency With Respect to Iran, in response to the Iran hostage crisis (which continued initially for 444 days, ending with the election of Ronald Reagan).

Bill Clinton (D):

Nov 14, 1994: The National Emergency With Respect to the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, “with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States posed by the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons (weapons of mass destruction) and the means of delivering such weapons.”

Jan. 2, 1995: The National Emergency With Respect to Prohibiting Transactions with Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process “to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States caused by grave acts of violence committed by foreign terrorists that disrupt the Middle East peace process.”

March 15, 1995: The National Emergency With Respect to Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to the Development of Iranian Petroleum Resources to prevent potential deals between oil companies.

October 21, 1995: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Assets and Prohibiting Transactions with Significant Narcotics Traffickers Centered in Colombia followed increased reports of drug cartels laundering money through American companies.

March 1, 1996: The National Emergency With Respect to Regulations of the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels with Respect to Cuba came after civilian planes were shot down near Cuba by that country’s air force.

November 3, 1997: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Sudanese Government Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Sudan imposed economic and trade sanctions.

President George W. Bush (R):

June 26, 2001: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Persons Who Threaten International Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans put economic and other sanctions on individuals and countries aiding Albanian insurgents in Macedonia.

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    Aug 17, 2001: The National Emergency With Respect to Export Control Regulations renewed presidential power to control exports in a national emergency after the Export Administration Act of 1979 lapsed.

    Sept 14, 2001: The National Emergency with Respect to Certain Terrorist Attacks followed the Sept. 11 attacks and the ongoing and immediate threat of additional attacks on the United States.

    Sept 23, 2001: The National Emergency With Respect to Persons who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism was in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

    March 6, 2003: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Zimbabwe sought to punish associates of then-President Robert Mugabe.

    May 22, 2003: The National Emergency With Respect to Protecting the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Property in Which Iraq has an Interest came after the invasion of Iraq.

    May 11, 2004: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting the Export of Certain Goods to Syria was issued in response to Syrian support for terrorist activity in Iraq.

    June 16, 2006: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus followed allegations of fraud in the Belarus presidential election.

    Oct 27, 2006: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo came in response to violence surrounding the Congolese presidential election runoff.

    Aug 1, 2007: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Persons Undermining the Sovereignty of Lebanon was issued in response to a collapse of the rule of law in Lebanon.

    June 26, 2008: The National Emergency With Respect to Continuing Certain Restrictions with Respect to North Korea cited the risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material. (President Trump renewed this June 22, 2018, citing the “existence and risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula and the actions and policies of the Government of North Korea continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat.”)

    Barack Obama (D):

    April 12, 2010: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in Somalia is due to ongoing threats posed by Somalia-based pirates.

    February 25, 2011: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related to Libya froze the assets of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

    July 25, 2011: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Transnational Criminals came as crime by specific criminal organizations rose: Los Zetas (Mexico), The Brothers’ Circle (former Soviet Union countries), the Yakuza (Japan), and the Camorra (Italy).

    May 16, 2012: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Persons Threatening the Peace, Security, or Stability of Yemen took aim at political unrest within the Yemeni government.

    March 16, 2014: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine was issued after Russia invaded the Crimea.

    April 3, 2014: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons With Respect to South Sudan was in response to the ongoing civil war there.

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    May 12, 2014: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Central African Republic was due to violence towards humanitarian aid workers.

    March 8, 2015: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela was issued in response to increasing human rights violations.

    April 1, 2015: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities was due to Chinese cyber attacks on the U.S.

    Nov 23, 2015: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Burundi followed a failed coup attempt.

    Donald Trump (R):

    Dec 20, 2017: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption brought sanctions against a Myanmar general for his role persecuting Rohingya Muslims.

    Sept 12, 2018: The National Emergency With Respect to Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election sought to prevent meddling in the 2018 midterms as an investigation into alleged 2016 meddling continued.

    Nov 27, 2018: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Nicaragua was declared in response to violence and the Ortega regime’s “systematic dismantling and undermining of democratic institutions and the rule of law” that constitutes an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

    As readers may note, several national emergencies are tied to events and countries that have no proximity to the United States and present minor dangers to U.S. national security, if any at all.

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  • 2 Comments on "There are 31 national emergencies currently in effect, many of them for YEARS"

    1. Chistopher Blackwood | February 15, 2019 at 7:22 pm | Reply

      What is really unconstitutional here is that the Dems are trying to tie Trump’s hands by misusing the judicial process. There is no precedent for revoking a Declaration of a National Emergency. Congress and the Constitution gave the President this right. It is not open to discussion – PERIOD.

      Did Congress ever in the past challenge the President’s authority regarding a National Emergency? … NO … NOT ONCE.

      Why is this happening now? Because the Dems and the Left hate Trump with a pure, irrational hatred. This insatiable, burning hatred has destroyed their rational thought. Anything Trump does they call “unconstitutional”. They don’t know the meaning of that word. “Constitutional” is whatever they want it to mean.They are no longer American. They are traitors to the Constitution, to this President and to the American people and this makes them extremely dangerous … to us. They don’t care if Americans live or die. They feign sympathy for the “poor immigrants” but keep silent while innocent Americans are killed or raped.

      The Dems are responsible for this invasion because they have changed our laws to support sanctuary cities and states while also offering free food, money, health care and schools. This irresistible invitation has become a magnet for everyone south of the border.

      The Deep State will not admit it but they have become anti-American and what we are witnessing here is their revenge for losing the Presidency to Trump. They would rather have the Empress of Evil, Hillary, destroy America rather than have Trump restore its glory.

      I thank God for Trump. This man has arrived at this special moment in time to save America from destruction and with our help and prayers, he will succeed.

    2. Message to Congress: GROW UP! Use Common Sense. Support the majority of voting citizen’s wishes and the Emergency orders of the President and Insist on, legislate and fully fund enforcement of legal entry only into the USA, taking the needed $ from countless pork funds that do not have anything to do with the basic security of the nation.

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