Democrats Move to Block Trump's 'Emergency Declaration' for Border Wall
Democrats including Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., and five others proposed the bill
House Democrats have proposed legislation to stop President Donald Trump using taxpayer money to build his border wall through emergency declaration, according to reports.
Democrats including Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., and five others proposed the bill on the day Trump pledged to build his wall one way or another.
In response to the Democrats resisting border wall funding, the President said he might declare an emergency.
But the new bill from Moore would stop Trump from obtaining funds for the wall.
"My bill, the No Taxpayer Funding for the Wall Act, will block the president from executing his reckless plan and force him to honor his pledge that Mexico will fund the wall," Moore said Wednesday.
"I call on both Democrats and Republicans to join me in my effort by supporting this commonsense legislation to protect the American public's tax dollars," she said.
"We must pass this bill to ensure that President Trump can no longer hold the American people hostage."
According to Washington Examiner: Moore said Trump used his State of the Union speech to "spread lies and instill fear in the hearts of the American public by painting immigrants and asylum seekers as criminals — murderers determined to take down the law-abiding residents of the United States."
Congress is hoping to find an agreement on border security by Feb. 15. But Trump has threatened emergency action if no deal is in place to build a border wall.
Moore's bill could quickly pass the House, which is controlled by Democrats, although it's doubtful it will move in the GOP-controlled Senate.
Still, House passage would signal that Democrats aren't prepared to spend any money for Trump's wall, a position House SpeakerNancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has staked out in public.
Vice President Mike Pence recently said the partial government shutdown was not a 'mistake' instead it proved President Donald Trump's is determined to build the wall.
Speaking with CBS News' Jeff Glor following Trump's State of the Union Speech, Pence was asked if it was 'mistake' to shut down the federal government for 35 days.
"I never think it's a mistake to stand up for what you believe in," Pence told CBS News
"And I think what the American people admire most about this president is he says what he means, and he means what he says, in a very real sense."
Last week, Nancy Pelosi refused to negotiate with the President on the Border wall proposal.
"There's not going to be any wall money in the legislation," Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters.