While Trump is running around California ranting about a “border crisis,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sued Trump to stop him from moving money to pay for his wall.
Nancy Pelosi just called out Trump’s border crisis
Pelosi said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:
Today, the House is taking action once more to uphold the Constitution from the President’s brazen assault, and to defend our Democracy.
The President’s decision to contravene the will of the bipartisan, bicameral Congress after being denied the funds he demanded for his sham emergency stands in stark, unequivocal violation of the Constitution’s Appropriations Clause. The Constitution’s express statement of Congress’s ‘exclusive power over the federal purse,’ according to the courts, is both ‘a bulwark of the Constitution’s separation of powers among the three branches of the National Government,’ and ‘particularly important as a restraint on Executive Branch officers.’ As the complaint notes, ‘Even the monarchs of England long ago lost the power to raise and spend money without the approval of Parliament.
The Congress has a solemn responsibility to defend its exclusive constitutional responsibilities, and protect our system of checks and balances. The very integrity of our democratic institutions are at stake. We will not let the President trample over the Constitution.
Read the lawsuit:2019.04.05-ECF-No.-1-Complaint
Pelosi will not allow Trump to violate the Constitution
The Constitution and the courts have been clear. A president does not have the power to redirect funds that have been appropriated by Congress to a different program at his discretion. There is no national emergency. Trump is abusing the emergency declaration because Congress won’t give him the money for his wall. The president has admitted this in public.
Trump does have the authority to declare an emergency, but he does not have the power to spend money.
Donald Trump is trying to expand presidential powers dangerously, and Nancy Pelosi is going to fight tooth and nail to stop him and save our Constitution.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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