Congressional Democrats are voting today to overturn President Trump’s emergency declaration. The Democrat-controlled House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have made it their top priority since the president issued the declaration that allows him to access federal money to build a border wall.
In a press conference Monday ahead of the vote, House Democratic leadership accused President Trump of trampling on the Constitution, criticizing his decision to use other funds to support his plan.
“The beauty of the Constitution, the heart and soul of the Constitution, is the separation of power — co-equal branches of government to be a balance of power,” Pelosi said. “The Constitution spells out the responsibilities, giving the Congress of the United States, among other powers, the power of the purse. The president’s power grab usurped that constitutional responsibility and fundamentally violates the balance of power envisioned by our founders.”
Some Republicans have also questioned President Trump’s right to utilize a national emergency to build the wall. Some conservatives are concerned that a measure to overturn Trump’s declaration will also pass in the Republican-controlled Senate because multiple Senate Republicans have defected.
GOP Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have indicated they will vote to block Trump’s order. Tillis stated Monday that Congress must protect its “power of the purse,” arguing a future Democratic president might abuse the power to advance “radical policies.” Only a handful of GOP defectors are needed for the bill to pass.
President Trump is prepared to use his first-ever veto to block the measure if it passes. However, the Trump administration wants to avoid that option by encouraging GOP senators to remain faithful to the plan. Vice President Pence is scheduled to discuss the measure with GOP senators during their weekly lunch, and President Trump took to Twitter to admonish leaders.
“I hope our great Republican Senators don’t get led down the path of weak and ineffective Border Security,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Without strong Borders, we don’t have a Country — and the voters are on board with us. Be strong and smart, don’t fall into the Democrats ‘trap’ of Open Borders and Crime!”
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