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House Dems introduce measure to revoke Trump border edict

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    The House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. House Democrats have introduced a resolution Friday to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued last week to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border, setting up a fight that could result in Trump’s first-ever veto. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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    President Donald Trump speaks during a National African American History Month reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. House Democrats have introduced a resolution Friday to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued last week to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border, setting up a fight that could result in Trump’s first-ever veto. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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    The dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is visible in reflection in Washington, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. House Democrats have introduced a resolution Friday to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued last week to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border, setting up a fight that could result in Trump’s first-ever veto. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Published February 22. 2019 01:35PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Friday introduced a resolution to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the House would vote on the measure on Tuesday.

The move sets up a fight that could result in Trump’s first veto. It starts the clock on a constitutional clash between Trump and Democrats and sets up a vote by the full House as soon as next week.

The Democratic-controlled House is sure to pass the measure, and the GOP-run Senate may adopt it as well despite Trump’s opposition.

Any Trump veto would likely be sustained, but the upcoming battle will test Republican support for Trump’s move, which even some of his allies view as a stretch — and a slap at lawmakers’ control over the power of the federal purse.

A staff aide introduced the measure during a short pro forma session of the House in which Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., presided over an almost empty chamber.

“What the president is attempting is an unconstitutional power grab,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, the sponsor of the resolution, on a call with reporters. “There is no emergency at the border.”

Trump’s declaration of a national emergency gives him access to about $3.6 billion in funding for military construction projects to divert to border fencing. But the administration is more likely to tap funding from a federal asset forfeiture fund and Defense Department anti-drug efforts first.

Pelosi said that the House measure would “reassert our system of checks and balances.”

Should the House and the Senate initially approve the measure, Congress seems unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities in each chamber that would be needed later to override a certain Trump veto.

The measure to block Trump’s edict will be closely watched in the Senate, where moderates such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., have signaled they would back it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is only a reluctant supporter of Trump on the topic.

Trump’s GOP allies promised they would uphold any veto denying Democrats the two-thirds votes required to overcome one.

“Democrats’ angst over Congress’ power of the purse is unwarranted, especially since the commander in chief’s authority to redirect military funds for a national emergency is affirmed in a law passed by their own branch,” said top House Judiciary Committee Republican Doug Collins of Georgia.

The battle is over an emergency declaration Trump issued to access billions of dollars beyond what Congress has authorized to start erecting border barriers. Building his proposed wall was the most visible trademark of Trump’s presidential campaign.

Congress last week approved a vast spending bill providing nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles (89 kilometers) of border barriers in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley while preventing a renewed government shutdown. That measure represented a rejection of Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to construct more than 200 miles (322 kilometers).

Besides signing the bill, Trump also declared a national emergency and used other authorities that he says give him access to an additional $6.6 billion for wall building. That money would be transferred from a federal asset forfeiture fund, Defense Department anti-drug efforts and a military construction fund. Federal officials have yet to identify which projects would be affected.

Castro said he has already garnered support from a majority of the Democratic-controlled House as co-sponsors and that he has at least one GOP sponsor, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan.

Castro’s measure says Trump’s emergency declaration “is hereby terminated.” Castro chairs the 38-member Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Pelosi wrote in a letter to her fellow lawmakers that the Republican president’s “decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated.”

Comments
Democrats being the obstructionists that they so often call Republicans.
Why do these folks want to prevent building a secured boarder? I can only assume an alliance exists between the elaborate Drug Lords and the elite Democrats. They want power by any means, and when you cast off principles, the end justifies the means. Shame on these folks.
Oh... What is with these racists within the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Black Caucus? They say Trump is dividing the country? Eventually, these sects, or tribes within the Demoncrat Party, will turn on each other, as there's no solid foundation under them. Don't forget, these folks subscribe to the doctrine of, "The enemy of my enemy, is my friend". Shame on them.
Just like Mitch Mcconnell did did in using the nuclear option to please your master the Fuhrer commanded him to do. What an idiot it's a way to do what the other party thinks is best. You Schicklgruber. Now say Sieg Heil through out your 1 arm salute. Get a Bimbo and go to bed. LMAO. Doink.
TG, here we go again with the disrespect. The problem in a nutshell is this: for many years our immigration policy has been wrong. We need to secure the border. Drugs, illegals, and problems cross at will. This is costing America Billions of $, and, thousands of lives, between murders by illegal criminals and overdoses by illegal drugs. This is a National Emergency. Just ask any Border Agent. The Democrats are now ignoring this because they want to deny President Trump the objective of building a wall. Getting a wall will guarantee a Trump re-election. Also, votes stream across the border as far as Democrats are concerned. Get the illegals to vote. This is the position we are in. TG you are a rude little minded punk that just insults all the time. Why don’t you clean up your act and be more respectful? You must be on something. You have difficulty spelling words, and, you have difficulty making a coherent point. Get “a bimbo...” to take you to the mental hospital, please.
TG how quick you forget Harry Reid in all his brilliance is the one that started the nuclear option. No wonder he wound up with 2 black eyes he says came from a broken exercise machine. Yea right!!!!
Dingy Harry also lied about Romney and Tax Returns, and when his lie was reveled, his response was, "We won the election, that's what matters". Anything for power.
Democrat Party Leaders are a bunch of elite snobs, who will step on anyone, even their constituents in order to win elections. No shame among them.
Tammy,
For you Democrats, what does MAGA stand for? Mad At God Again?
You see Tammy, you democrats are against a wall, like a vampire is against a cross.
What's with that? Why does the wall, and heck, even the Cross offend you folks?
I never get an answer when I pose this question.
May God Bless you with an ability to find truth Tammy.
Yes, thanks Democrats. MAGA! Expose yourselves to blind hatred. Tell America why several previous times you supported a border. Now, as drug infiltration, human trafficking, and violence (including homicide) worsens every day, tell America why you don’t care. Tell the thousands of people who go to border rallies why you don’t care. Tell America why you thought President Trump would cause the economy to collapse?Tell why N Korea would be at war with us? Tell why ISIS is all but destroyed? Tell why Global Warming became Climate Change became a hoax? Tell why Jussie Smollett is a fraud? Tell why Democrats support what is wrong while they “resist” what is right? The Democratic Party will collapse. Sign up for the New Green Deal. Tax 70-90 % to eliminate cow flatulence. The Democratic Party is a hoax. Keep it up. Watch as things develop.

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