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Trump’s Emergency Is Test for Congress

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President Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fund a border-wall expansion. That’s raised bipartisan alarm over its apparent threat to Congress’s power of the purse. Though presidential overreach is a serious problem, the real culprit is congressional underreach—the steady surrender of legislative authority to the executive branch by both political parties. The more than 120 separate grants of emergency power to the president are the tip of the iceberg. The problem is systemic. When Congress cannot resolve tough...

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