🚧 Trump’s “emergency” declaration “sets a precedent that a president can, without regard to an actual existence of an emergency . . . evade the normal democratic process and fund projects on his own,” said law professor William Banks, co-author of “National Security Law and the Power of the Purse.”
“This is a real institutional threat to the separation of power . . . to bypass Congress to build a wall on his own initiative that our elected representatives have chosen not to fund.” The National Emergencies Act expressly provides a procedure for Congress to terminate a state of emergency by passing a resolution.
Congress has never used this procedure, but they should do so now. Let’s tell our MoCs to support the resolution Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Joaquin Castro (D-TX) plan to introduce this week:
"If President Trump declares a national emergency to fund his border wall, I’m prepared to introduce a resolution to terminate the President’s emergency declaration."
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