Friday, September 13, 2019

Senate Democrats to Force Vote to Nix Trump's Emergency Declaration

Senate Democrats are planning to force a vote to try to nix President Trump's emergency declaration transferring military construction money to fund the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), making the announcement from the Senate floor, blasted Trump for making a "brazen power grab" and trying to leapfrog Congress.
"The president's national emergency declaration was and is an outrageous power grab by a president who refuses to respect the constitutional separation of powers. ... Does our country truly have checks and balances, particularly when we have such an overreaching president?" Schumer asked from the Senate floor.
Schumer added that if Congress didn't nix Trump's emergency declaration it would set a "dangerous precedent" that could allow a president to use their national emergency powers when Congress refuses to fund a priority.
"This is so wrong. The president has clearly attempted to usurp the power of the purse given exclusively to Congress by the Constitution. ... The recourse for such a brazen power grab should be an overwhelming bipartisan vote in the Congress to terminate the emergency declaration and reassert our constitutional authority," Schumer said.
"We have never had such a presidential overreach on an emergency basis," Schumer said.
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