House to vote on measure revoking Trump's emergency order

House to vote on measure revoking Trump's emergency order

A group of former U.S. national security officials is set to release a statement on Monday, Feb. 25, arguing that there is no justification for President Donald Trump to use a national emergency declaration to fund a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Democrats introduced the bill after Trump's February 15 declaration, arguing his actions went against the constitutional separation of powers that gives Congress control over how federal money is spent.

Tuesday's vote in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives comes on legislation to revoke Trump's executive order from earlier this month and would send it to the Republican-held Senate, where it would take only a handful of GOP defections to pass it.

Overriding such a veto in Congress would require two-thirds majorities in both chambers, making it highly unlikely, said lawmakers.

"I hope our great Republican Senators don't get led down the path of weak and ineffective Border Security", Trump wrote.

The 24 former Republican members of Congress, meanwhile, said the president was testing the bounds of executive powers and needs to be confronted in order to prevent even more encroachment in the future.

In an opinion column posted late Monday by The Washington Post, Tillis wrote that while he agrees with Trump that there is a crisis at the border, he has "grave concerns when our institution looks the other way at the expense of weakening Congress's power" over spending, which is granted by the Constitution.

If the resolution does pass Congress, it will not pass Mr Trump's desk, as he has promised to veto it.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has maintained the emergency declaration is "the predictable and understandable consequences of Democrats' decision to put partisan obstruction ahead of the national interest".

As opposition to Trump's declared national emergency along our Southern Border picks up steam, perhaps the biggest rebuke of the declaration is taking place today.

Trump's emergency declaration has separately been hit with several lawsuits, including one filed last week by the attorneys general of 16 states.

"It won't be overridden in the House", Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, told reporters.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) all reiterated their plans to vote to undo the emergency declaration. All members, as I say, have taken the oath of office. "Without strong Borders, we don't have a Country - and the voters are on board with us".

Also Monday, national security experts and former lawmakers from both parties issued public declarations against Trump's edict, saying that the situation along the southern border is not a genuine emergency and that Trump is abusing his powers. "Don't fall into the Democrats "trap" of Open Borders and Crime!"

So far, two Republican senators have said they will vote for the resolution while another has said she is likely to support it but has not committed to doing so.

As one of his top campaign promises, President Trump has been a strong advocate for the border wall.

Congress this month appropriated $1.37 billion for building border barriers following a battle with Trump, which included a 35-day partial government shutdown - the longest in US history - when agency funding lapsed on December 22.

President Trump wants to build a wall at the border with Mexico, but many officials say it is not needed.

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