Joaquin Castro (D-TX) just announced that his resolution to terminate President Trump’s national emergency declaration to build the border wall is — at this time— cosponsored by 222 members of Congress.
This joint resolution is aimed to avoid the President from raiding $3.5 billion from “important military construction projects, upgrade military hospitals, improving training facilities for troops and make overseas bases more secure,” according to Mercy Kaptur (D-OH).
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) February 22, 2019
The House plans to vote on the bill Tuesday, even though the real fight will be held in the Senate where the resolution will put pressure on every GOP Senator, as they will have to choose between backing their own Party POTUS or a dangerous precedent of expanded executive power.
Some political analysts have already reported that some GOP senators could vote for this resolution to block the emergency declaration. But Democrats would need three more Republicans to vote for their resolution.
A senior administration official explained that the money would be pulled from the following areas, according to NBC:
- $1.375 billion from the Homeland Security appropriations bill
- $600 million from the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund
- $2.5 billion from the Department of Defense’s drug interdiction program
- $3.6 billion from the Department of Defense’s military construction account
“We fight wars that are 6,000 miles away, wars that we never should have been in. But we don’t control our own border. So we are going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border, and we’re going to do it one way or the other. We have to do it,” President Trump said.
“All Members take an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution,” said Nancy Pelosi. “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.”
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) said today in a statement that “$90,200,000 in military construction projects in Ohio are being put at risk due to
$90,200,000 in military construction projects in Ohio are being put at risk due to @POTUS's #FakeNationalEmergency. These projects contribute directly to the readiness of our servicemembers and improve national security. My full statement: https://t.co/2zib5nyRuk
— Marcy Kaptur (@RepMarcyKaptur) February 22, 2019