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The House's Democrats want to hand in a resolution on Friday aiming to block President Trump's declaration of urgency in order to secure the financing of the construction of a border wall.
The "Resolution of Disapproval", led by Joaquin Castro (D-Texas, United States) The backing of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter to Wednesday to the legislators of both parties.
"I write that all congressmen should be invited to accompany Congressman Joaquin Castro, who will end the privileged resolution to end this urgency declaration," Pelosi wrote, adding that the House will "move quickly to this law to adopt."
"The President's decision to move beyond the law to try to achieve what he has not achieved in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be ended," she added
The President issued his letter of urgency after Congress demanded $ 5.7 billion to build a wall along the Southwest border as part of the annual Homeland Security sp. Not agreed final invoice. A stalemate on the subject led to a partial stalemate by the government earlier this year.
The stalemate ended when Trump signed a spending bill that provided $ 1.375 billion for the border fence. The declaration of urgency would allow him to divert $ 8 billion from other government projects and divert the money to the border wall.
Sixteen states, led by California, have filed a lawsuit in which they argue that the president has used the pretext of the government to set up a "crisis" of illegal immigration in order to declare a national emergency. "The states say Trump's action is unconstitutional because only Congress, not the President, has the power to control spending."
General approval of the resolution is expected in the democratically controlled House If the parliament passes the resolution, the GOP-controlled Senate would have to pick it up.
It is not yet clear whether there are enough Republican senators to join the Democrats in approving the resolution Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she would support the resolution, and since Republicans have a 53-47 majority in the Senate, three more Republicans would have to join Collins for the chance of a passage.
Other Republican Senators have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Declaration of Urgency and some are tough on Wi Electoral contests, so that they may resist the president at the unpopular border wall.
However, even if the House and Senate had approved the resolution, it reached the threshold of a two-thirds majority in each chamber – presidential veto is unlikely.