Three Things You Need to Know on February 22nd

February 22, 2019

House Democrats are set to introduce a bill that would block President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. Trump declared an emergency last week as a way to get money for a border wall after he failed to get it from Congress. Democrats call the emergency declaration an overreach of Trump's power, and are expected to introduce a resolution today that would terminate it. 

A U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant arrested for plotting a domestic terror attack. Law enforcement found fifteen guns and more than one-thousand rounds of ammunition at Christopher Hasson’s home in Maryland. Hasson will remain in custody as prosecutors build a case against him. The U.S. government will use the time to find evidence that shows Hasson's intent to harm prominent Democrats and journalists.   

A bill to have Colorado join a coalition of states to go with the nationwide popular vote for President is heading to the governor's desk.  The measure passed a final state House vote yesterday, with prior approval coming from the state Senate.  The bill would approve Colorado casting electoral votes for the winner of the national popular vote, instead of going with the state results.  For it to go into effect on a national level, the coalition would need states adding up to 270 electoral votes to join.  So far, that number is at just over 170, not counting Colorado's nine.