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The Most Important Moments In 2019 US Politics

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Vote up the moments in US politics that most affected the country and daily life.

In the United States, 2020 may be the next election year, but that only makes the notable political moments of 2019 all the more important. Each of these moments made an impact across everything from travel, to food, to jobs, and health. What happens in 2019 can have a huge effect on the next election and on Americans' lives in the years to come. Today's important political moments can become tomorrow's historic events. Some American political decisions and policies may also affect the world beyond the US, but primarily they directly affected daily life for Americans.

For better or worse, these moments affected how people in the US lived their lives in 2019. Vote up the moments in US politics that made the biggest impact on life in 2019.

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    May 2019: Several States Pass Heartbeat Bills

    Georgia and Alabama became the latest states to introduce and pass fetal heartbeat bills. These highly controversial laws ban abortions as soon as there is a detectable "fetal heartbeat in the womb." This can be as early as six weeks, at which point many women are not even aware that they are pregnant. 

    Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the bill on May 7. Alabama followed suit on May 14 with an even stricter law that banned abortion at any state of pregnancy. The law does not make exceptions if the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest. Several other states, like Kentucky, Ohio, and Mississippi, passed similar bills earlier in the year. The wave of bills were designed to be tried on a federal level, which pro-life activists are hoping will lead to a reversal of Roe v. Wade. Activists dressed like women from The Handmaid's Tale protested.

    "The bill is very simple. It's not about birth control or the morning after pill. It's about not allowing abortion once the woman is pregnant. The entire bill was designed to overturn [Roe v. Wade] and allow states to decide what is best for them," said Alabama Representative Terri Collins

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      Feb. 15: President Trump Officially Declares A National Emergency

      Feb. 15: President Trump Officially Declares A National Emergency
      Video: YouTube

      People were unsure of how February 15 would play out. It was the last day of the brief reopening of government. Speaking from the Rose Garden, President Trump officially declared a national state of emergency in order to obtain funding for his long-promised border wall. Reactions to President Trump's declaration were largely negative, and hours after the announcement, the state of California declared their intent to sue.

      The President was well aware of these possible ramifications before he issued the emergency, saying, "We will have a national emergency and we will then be sued. We'll possibly get a bad ruling, and then we'll get another bad ruling, and then we'll end up at the Supreme Court and hopefully we'll get a fair shake."

      President Trump also said that he "didn't need to" declare the national emergency, which many pointed out negated the notion of an emergency and could be used against him in court.

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        Jan. 3: More Than 100 Women Are Sworn In To The 116th Congress

        Jan. 3: More Than 100 Women Are Sworn In To The 116th Congress
        Video: YouTube

        Fulfilling the hopes and promises of the previous year, on January 03, 2019, a historically diverse group of people were sworn into the House - including a record-breaking number of women. With 107 women in the 116h Congress, there are now over four times as many female members of the House as when Speaker Nancy Pelosi first joined in 1987. With a freshman class of House Democrats that include such historic firsts as the youngest member, the first Indigenous women in Congress, the first Muslim women in Congress, the face of the House has significantly changed.

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          June 27: The Supreme Court Blocks A Citizenship Question From Being Added To The 2020 Census

          June 27: The Supreme Court Blocks A Citizenship Question From Being Added To The 2020 Census
          Video: YouTube

          The United States Supreme Court made a five to four majority decision on whether or not the US Department of Commerce could reinstate a citizenship census question on the 2020 electoral ballot. The Trump administration, among others who supported the implementation of this question, argued the question is needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act and without it the  census would be useless, but critics claim the specific questionnaire is politically motivated and could be used to intimidate non-citizens, cause less people to respond to the census, and ultimately misrepresent minority populations.

          Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s four liberal judges voted against the census question claiming the Department of Commerce did not properly justify their reasoning for this addition to census. “In order to permit meaningful judicial review, an agency must ‘disclose the basis’ of its action,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “Several points, taken together, reveal a significant mismatch between the Secretary’s decision and the rationale he provided… Altogether, the evidence tells a story that does not match the Secretary’s explanation for his decision.” 

          Following the decision, Trump responded through a tweet saying he would attempt to delay the census.

          The court’s decision, though a setback for a Trump administration, does not fully prohibit the reinstating of the citizenship question. The decision sends the issue back to the lower courts and leaves open the possibility for the administration to provide the necessary justifications for the questionnaire.