Democrats Introduce Resolution To Block Trump's Emergency Declaration for Wall
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requested Democrats to back the congressional resolution yester
House Democrats on Friday introduced a new resolution to block President Donald Trump's national emergency to fund his long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
"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," Pelosi wrote in a letter sent to lawmakers earlier in the week.
"We have a solemn responsibility to uphold the Constitution and defend our system of checks and balances against the President's assault."
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer supported Pelosi Thursday in a statement urging legislators to support the House resolution.
“This issue transcends partisan politics, and I urge all senators – Democrats, and Republicans – to support this resolution to terminate the president’s emergency declaration when it comes up for a vote in the Senate,” Schumer said.
“Identical companion legislation to the House resolution will soon be introduced in the Senate.”
The move could force Trump's first-ever veto.
Speaker Pelosi asks Democrats to back one page resolution to overturn Trump national emergency declaration on border wall pic.twitter.com/RbS9fUHHEg— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) February 21, 2019
But any veto from Trump would likely be sustained, but the war would test support for Trump's move.
Trump allocated $8 billion to fund his long-promised wall along the US Southern Border as he declared a national emergency last week.
By declaring a national emergency, Trump's administration will be able to move funds to pay for the project, bypassing Congress and resistance from Pelosi's Democrats.
Trump is presumed to sign a House border security package that provides $1.4 billion for the plan, falling far short of the $5.7 billion the president demanded.
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.