Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Introduce Bill Blocking Trump’s National Emergency
Dems says 'National Emergencies Act provides' allows them to cancel declaration
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Joaquin Castro have declared that they are ready to introduce new legislation that will prevent President Trump from using a national emergency declaration to build the wall at the US-Mexico border.
The Democrats claim the National Emergencies Act provides Congress the ability to “terminate the President’s emergency declaration,” Mr. Castro said.
Ocasio-Cortez Tweeted folwing the announcement “@JoaquinCastrotx, and I aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight.”
The legislation was announced not long after the president held his press conference at the White House Rose Garden where he declared a national emergency.
Trump agreed to sign a Congressional spending bill that did not include the $5.7 billion demand for the wall.
“The order is signed,” the president announced on Friday.
“We will have a national emergency, and we will then be sued, and they will sue us in the 9th Circuit, even though it shouldn't be there, and we will possibly get a bad ruling and then we'll get another bad ruling and then we'll end up in the Supreme Court.”
The resident anticipated his national emergency declaration would be rejected by multiple federal courts but ultimately upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
According to a statement posted to Twitter, Mr. Castro said “dozens” of other Democratic lawmakers had signed the bill to prevent Trump's national emergency.
Although Nancy Pelosi called on Republican lawmakers to join them, it is unclear if any actually will.
“I didn’t need to do this” is admitting this isn’t an emergency at all.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019
“I didn’t need to do this” means he’s faking a crisis. https://t.co/TVqp0z4EHI
By declaring a national emergency, Trump's administration will be allowed to transfer funds to pay for the wall, bypassing Congress and resistance from Pelosi's Democrats.
Trump is expected to sign a House border security package on Friday that provides $1.4 billion for the project, falling far short of the $5.7 billion the president requested.
The sum offered by the Democrats would only finance just a quarter of the 200-plus miles he wanted to defend as a priority against illegal immigrants.
"President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action — including a national emergency — to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border," Sanders said in a statement.
The White House said Trump would sign the legislation but act unilaterally to get more funding, prompting condemnations from Democrats and threats of lawsuits from states and others who might lose federal money or said Trump was abusing his authority.