Some days provisions in the law put there for previous purposes and then not removed once their original use expired come in handy.
Thanks to the negligence of the Obama Administration and the Congresses serving during his tenure, the Trump Administration will be able to bypass taking bids for the construction of the southern border wall, a process that can serve as a bottleneck to getting things done.
The Department of Homeland Security said waiving procurement regulations will allow 177 miles (283 kilometers) of wall to be built more quickly in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The 10 waived laws include a requirement for open competition and giving losing bidders a chance to protest decisions.
The acting Homeland Security secretary, Chad Wolf, is exercising authority under a 2005 law that gives him sweeping powers to waive laws for building border barriers.
“We hope that will accelerate some of the construction that’s going along the southwest border,” Wolf told Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.”
Secretaries under President Donald Trump have issued 16 waivers, and President George W. Bush issued five, but Tuesday’s announcement marks the first time that waivers have applied to federal procurement rules. Previously they were used to waive environmental impact reviews.
The Trump administration said the waivers will allow at least 94 miles (150 kilometers) of wall to be built this year, bringing the Republican leader closer to his goal of about 450 miles (720 kilometers) since he took office and made it one of his top domestic priorities. It said the other 83 miles (133 kilometers) covered by the waivers may get built this year.
“Under the president’s leadership, we are building more wall, faster than ever before,” the department said in a statement.
And for that, the Deplorables on the fruited plain are grateful. We know what the wall means in terms of national security. Why lawmakers can’t figure that out is a definite mystery of the universe.