Democrats ask the House defense panel head to block Trump from using military funds for the border wall.
51 House Democrats want to prevent President Trump from using future military funds to build his proposed border wall, even as the president has backed off from declaring a national emergency in order to do so.
— Defense News (@defense_news) January 25, 2019
Amid reports U.S. President Donald Trump is drafting a national emergency declaration to divert Pentagon funds for his border wall, some Democrats are working to turn this path into a dead end.
Fifty-one House Democrats signed a letter, led by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., asking that Smith use the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act to assure the administration “cannot utilize a fake ‘national emergency’ to co-opt the military into the construction of the President’s wall.”
“A President’s war powers are the most serious powers held by the Commander in Chief and should never be utilized for political stunts, only genuine national security emergencies,” said a draft of the letter obtained by Defense News. “As you know the Constitution gives the House the power to appropriate federal funds. Spending funds on a wall Congress has not authorized is a violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act as well as a violation of separation of powers.”
The letter being circulated has been signed by Reps. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., and Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., who co-chair the Congressional Progressive Caucus; Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.; Rules Committee Chair Jim McGovern, D-Mass.; HASC Readiness Subcommittee Chair John Garamendi, D-Calif.; and Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, an HASC member who’s seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
In an interview Thursday, Schakowsky argued that Trump cannot legally use the national emergency authority to free up taxpayer funds to build the border wall he has long promised his political supporters. More
I wonder what these liberal representatives would say if it were one of their family who was killed by an illegal committing a crime or one of their family members not getting a job because an illegal got it instead?
The Democrats can see the brass ring. They know that the open border is the key to their permanent subjugation of the American people. They will never willingly build the border wall.
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