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State of Union Trump Analysis

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address Jan. 30, 2018, to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. 

Right now, The Atlantic notes 30 federal states of emergency are in effect in our country. Some are decades old.

Under the National Emergencies Act of 1976, Congress is required to meet every six months "to consider a vote" on ending states of emergency. Alas, it never has.

With President Donald Trump threatening to declare a national emergency in February because he's failed to convince Congress to fund a campaign promise of his, it's time for Congress to review the 30 emergencies and end those that are no longer needed.

I want Reps. Don Bacon, Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith and Sens. Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse to call for this review to happen within two weeks. And should the president declare the bogus emergency, they should immediately vote to end it. Too many democracies have been destroyed by abuse of states of emergency.

Because Congress has the power and duty to end states of emergency, if our representatives chose to let the bogus emergency stand, they would be complicit in that abuse of power.

Curtis Bryant, Omaha

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