Saturday, February 23, 2019

House to Vote Tuesday on Resolution Terminating National Emergency

Photo: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg News
Democrats move to curtail Trump effort to redirect funds for border wall; House Speaker Pelosi says president is ‘lawless’
The House of Representatives will vote Tuesday on a resolution terminating President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, as Democrats move to curtail a White House effort to redirect government funds toward building a border wall.
“The president is lawless and does violence to our constitution and therefore to our democracy,” said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) on Friday. “We do not have a monarch. We have a separation of powers in our country.”
Even if both the House and Senate pass the resolution, the White House could still veto it and continue to move money from other parts of the government to fund the border wall.
“Will I veto it? One-hundred percent,” Mr. Trump said Friday. “And I don’t think it survives a veto. We have too many smart people that want border security.”
The president declared a national emergency after Congress passed a spending bill that appropriates $1.38 billion to build 55 miles of barrier along the border, significantly less than the $5.7 billion the president had demanded throughout weeks of negotiations with Congress. Dissatisfied with the legislation, Mr. Trump plans to pull $6.7 billion from the military and other sources, though the move faces legal and legislative challenges.
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