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House Democrats Move to 'Terminate' National Emergency

Resolution to block Trump's declaration coming Friday: AP
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 21, 2019 12:00 AM CST
President Donald Trump is seen at the White House in Washington on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration President Trump has issued to help finance his border wall, reports the AP. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas circulated separate letters Wednesday to lawmakers seeking co-sponsors to his one-sentence resolution saying Trump's emergency declaration "is hereby terminated." A Castro aide said there were already 102 co-sponsors, all Democrats. Both letters targeted Friday for the measure's introduction. "The President's decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated," Pelosi wrote. While Congress is in recess this week, the House has a brief "pro forma" session Friday for bill introductions but no votes.

Though the effort seems almost certain to ultimately fall short—perhaps to a Trump veto—the votes will let Democrats take a defiant stance against Trump that is sure to please liberal voters. They will also put some Republicans from swing districts and states in a difficult spot. Formally introducing the measure sets up a vote by the full House likely by mid-March, perhaps as soon as next week, because of a timeline spelled out by law. Initial passage by the Democratic-run House seems assured. The measure would then move to the Republican-controlled Senate, where there may be enough GOP defections for approval. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine on Wednesday became the first Republican to say she would back a resolution blocking the declaration. Three more GOP senators would need to vote with Democrats for the resolution to win initial approval. (States are also suing.)


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