Trump Prepares To Veto Ending National Emergency Declaration at US Border
President will move to end declaration if bill passes Senate
President Donald Trump tweeted today that he is prepared to veto legislation ending his national emergency declaration at the US border if the bill passes Senate.
Last month, the president moved to unlock $8 billion from various federal agencies to pay for the wall along the US Southern Border as he declared a national emergency.
But almost a week later, House Democrats introduced a resolution to block Trump's national emergency.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded Democrats back the congressional resolution.
"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 to lawmakers earlier in the week.
Today Trump tweeted:
A big National Emergency vote today by The United States Senate on Border Security & the Wall (which is already under major construction). I am prepared to veto, if necessary. The Southern Border is a National Security and Humanitarian Nightmare, but it can be easily fixed!
The US House of Representatives voted 245 to 182 to revoke Trump's emergency declaration.
The president said that the national emergency would allow him to secure funds to build the wall.
A big National Emergency vote today by The United States Senate on Border Security & the Wall (which is already under major construction). I am prepared to veto, if necessary. The Southern Border is a National Security and Humanitarian Nightmare, but it can be easily fixed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2019
$8 billion in federal funding would be freed up by the national emergency declaration.
Trump plans to redirect military funding to place 234 miles' worth of steel barriers on the 1,950-mile border with Mexico.
In January, a Harvard law professor claimed Trump was on "very solid legal ground" to declare a national emergency to build the wall along the US Southern Border.
Professor Mark Tushnet said Trump would be able to access unappropriated funds from the Department of Defense (DOD) budget and use the money for the wall's construction.
Federal law would allow the president to use unobligated funds from the DoD budget, which currently has a pot of around $100 billion.
The president says he is exploring the idea of declaring a national emergency so that he can build the border wall without the approval of Congress.