Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced new legislation Friday that would effectively eliminate President Trump’s “national emergency” declaration; setting the stage for a potential political brawl in the US Senate.
“House Democrats on Friday introduced a resolution to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border,” reports the Associated Press.
House Speaker Pelosi confirmed a vote would likely take place Tuesday.
If passed by the House -and ultimately passed by the Senate- it could become President Trump’s first veto.
“What the president is attempting is an unconstitutional power grab,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro -a sponsor of the bill. “There is no emergency at the border.”
Read the full report at the AP.
White House Confirms Trump Will Sign Budget Bill, Declare ‘NATIONAL EMERGENCY’
The White House confirmed Thursday the President will sign a bipartisan funding agreement and subsequently declare a national emergency along the United States’ southern border with Mexico.
“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action — including a national emergency — to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Statement on Government Funding Bill: pic.twitter.com/DrNv9D4rEi
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) February 14, 2019
“The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country,” she added.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
DEEP STATE DEPT: Kerry Says Trump Should Declare National Emergency… for CLIMATE CHANGE!
Former Secretary of State John Kerry urged President Trump to declare a national emergency Friday; saying the Commander-in-Chief should ignore the border and focus his energy on combating “climate change.”
“Instead of declaring a national emergency to address a fictional emergency – @realDonaldTrump needs to stop denying a real one: climate change,” posted Kerry on social media.
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) January 11, 2019
The former Obama aide found himself in hot water just months ago; coming under fire for holding private meetings with Iranian officials after leaving office.
Read the full report at the Hill.