After Mr. Trump declared a national emergency last Friday in order to obtain funding for the border wall, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Democrats got together to draft a measure to block the emergency declaration.
Now, Trump has vowed that he will veto the resolution if it passes both chambers of Congress. On Friday, the president told White House reporters that he would veto the resolution passed by House Democrats earlier in the day.
‘Will I veto it? 100 percent.’
According to CBS News:
‘The move by House Democrats starts the clock on a constitutional clash between Mr. 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, although its fate in the GOP-controlled Senate is less clear.’
Mr. Trump’s veto would likely be sustained, but it will stand as a test for Republicans’ support for the president’s decision. Some Republicans have voiced that they are opposed to Trump going around Congress to get what he wants.
Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn said:
‘After the American Revolution against a king, our founders chose not to create a chief executive with the power to tax the people and spend their money any way he chooses. The Constitution gives that authority exclusively to a Congress elected by the people.’
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) also voiced his opposition saying:
‘I wish he wouldn’t have done it.’
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said:
‘I think it’s a mistake. The National Emergencies Act was contemplated to apply to natural disasters or catastrophic events such as the attacks on our country on 9/11. For the president to use it to repurpose billions of dollars that Congress has appropriated for other purposes and that he has previously signed into law strikes me as undermining the appropriations process, the role of Congress and being of dubious constitutionality.’
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) also called the declaration “a dangerous precedent,” and has said he would back a disapproval resolution.
In addition to battling Congress, Trump is going to have a long battle with the courts. At least 16 states have announced that they are suing Mr. Trump over the declaration. A coalition of attorneys general called Trump’s move “unlawful and unconstitutional.”
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said:
‘It’s unfortunate that on Presidents Day, when we should be celebrating what our presidents have done for this country, that we’re actually suing this president.’
He went on to say:
‘But that’s important because we’re trying to make sure that in the future we respect what our presidents do. And that our presidents respect [that] they too like every American must abide by the law. No one is above the law in this country.’
Speaker Pelosi urged both Republicans and Democrats to sign on to the resolution in a letter, saying:
‘All Members take an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. The 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.
‘We have a solemn responsibility to uphold the Constitution, and defend our system of checks and balances against the President’s assault.’
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