In accordance with section 7058(d) of division K of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R. 1625; the “Act”), I hereby designate as an emergency requirement all funding so designated by the Congress in the Act pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, for the accounts referenced in section 7058(d).
The details of this action are set forth in the enclosed memorandum from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
By making these declarations President Trump has just communicated that he has the authority to NOT spend any funds he doesn't deem necessary and will return them to the US Treasury. So, funds for Planned Parenthood? He can simply not allocate the funds.
Also, these declarations make some funds fungible. For instance if he determines that building a Wall on the Southern Border is a defense against Human Trafficking? He can move funds from anywhere else in the Defense Dept Allocation & simply build the Wall.
The Omnibus spending bill is not a budget, which would require the president to spend the money as prescribed in said budget. Rather, this bill only puts forth guidelines on how to spend it. This is the same thing congress did with 0bama for 8 years. And for 8 years, 0bama signed the bill then threw away the “guidelines” and spent the money how he saw fit. By invoking these clauses, Trump has done the same thing.
Washington hasn’t seen someone like this. Trump plays their game and he does it better than the professional politicians.
The tears of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are sweet indeed.