White House Defends Trump's National Emergency Declaration
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 18, 2019,
Feb 18, 2019, 18:11
The Homeland Security appropriations bill provides $1.375 billion for border security but the White House is seeking more than $6 billion in funding through the national emergency.
Lawmakers sparred on Sunday over President Trump's national emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border, with Democrats accusing him of trashing the Constitution and Republicans supporting him protecting national security.
"I do think that we should not set the awful precedent of letting a president declare a national emergency simply as a way of getting around the congressional appropriations process", Coons said. But it may fail in the Senate, narrowly controlled by Republicans Even if such a measure passed both houses of Congress, Trump could veto it, and opponents are not likely to muster enough votes to override. Trump plans to redirect $6.7 billion in federal funds to pay for a wall, money that would come from a United States treasury forfeiture fund, a defence counter-drug program and the military construction budget.
One area that will not be touched is military housing, Shanahan said.
President Trump has declared a national emergency at the U.S. New York Attorney General Letitia James said Friday she would use "every legal tool" to fight Trump, according to the National Law Journal.
Several Republican senators have decried the emergency declaration, saying it establishes a risky precedent and amounts to executive overreach.
"Another group-Protect Democracy-said Thursday that it had prepared a lawsuit on behalf of El Paso County, Texas, and the Border Network for Human Rights, to challenge Trump".
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters that funding will come from several sources such as $3.6 billion in military construction money allocated by Congress for other projects.
By declaring national emergency, president Trump emerged from one political crisis and in no time dove into another. He'll also use ordinary executive authority to reprogram $2.5 billion from the Defense Department's drug interdiction efforts and $600 million from the Treasury Department's drug forfeiture program, a senior administration official said on Thursday.
The president announced the declaration in a free-wheeling, 50-minute Rose Garden news conference that included a long preamble about his administration's accomplishments.
"I wish he wouldn't use it in this case", Johnson told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday and warned that a "diminished" Congress had ceded power to the presidency and the courts.
BUT - Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans should have done their job and implemented the "nuclear option" so that the wall could have been approved by a simple majority THE SAME WAY Obamacare was forced to passage without a single Republican vote.
The White House is promising that if it passes, the president would issue the first veto of his presidency.
Ordinarily, congressional resolutions support a president's declaration of a national emergency. He should have sensed their entrenchment before the shutdown, and rather than threaten a National Emergency afterward, he should have early on signed another "disgusting" Continuing Resolution that didn't contain immigration legislation, and quickly moved to a Declaration; but, he didn't.
Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth of IL and Republican Representative Jim Jordan of OH both said on ABC's "This Week" that they expect a resolution in Congress opposing Trump's order to have enough votes to pass their respective chambers by simple majorities. "Hopefully, we'll get a fair shake and we'll win in the Supreme Court, just like the ban", he said.