Democrats in the House are devoting an aggressive response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump appoints ambassador to Turkey Trump travels to Mar-a-Lago after signing a bill to prevent the closure of CNN and MSNBC for an ad rejected by Fox on Nazi imagery MOREThe US Minister of State's urgent declaration on the south-west border is looking for ways to block his independent approach by putting legislation, legal action, or both.
Still, party leaders are in no hurry to show their position, but hope to remain focused on the growing divisions of the GOP while urging more Republicans to oppose the president's unilateral power play.
On the eve of the President's week off, the position of President Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia Alesandro Pelosi: Constitutional Conservatives must stand up to the national emergency The Chamber of Magistrates is looking for answers regarding Trump's national emergency declaration Why do not we build we are not a wall with Canada? MORE (D-Calif.) Distributes a spreadsheet to members registering a large number of large-scale local projects potentially threatened by Trump's efforts to transfer funds from military construction chests to the border wall.
The long list of nearly 400 projects includes a number of companies in the GOP districts. It includes maintenance facilities for the F-35 stealth fighter aircraft at Eielson Air Base at Fairbanks Air Force Base, Alaska; the operation of a college in Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and funds to replace a training maze at Fort Bragg, N.C.
"We must ban as many Republicans as possible by saying that projects in their backyard are in danger and will likely be raided to help pay for the ineffective and political wall of Trump," he said. a Democratic assistant.
The key Republicans of Congress, meanwhile, do not need any help from Democrats. They are already tearing themselves apart as a result of Trump's statement.
"Congress has granted the executive power certain spending authorities. I strongly oppose any president acting outside of these explicit authorities to spend money that the Congress has not earmarked for specific initiatives, "Rep said. Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenTraining A Ryan Assistant Moves Into K Street Overnight Health Care – Presented By CMAM – Legislators Pay Tribute To John Dingell's Legacy On Health Care | White House denies leaders sabotage ObamaCare | FDA wants Juul and Altria leaders to meet with young vapers Members of the House talk about bipartite bill on internet neutrality MORE, former GOP House campaign leader and only Republican of the Oregon delegation.
Centrist Rep. Tom ReedThomas (Tom) W. ReedDems hits the GOP on pre-existing conditions at the committee's first hearing. A rare testimony of real political courage. Night Health Care: Dems Strikes GOP With Vote Following ObamaCare Trial | GOP seeks to restart health care after 2018 losses | House Dems targets first wins on drug prices | CDC declares lettuce e-coli outbreak after MORE (R-N.Y.), A bipartite caucus leader in problem solving, also urges Trump to give up unilateral action.
"We recognize that the president has the power to declare a national emergency, but we think this sets a bad precedent and allows Congress to stop doing its job," said Reed. "We encourage the President to use other means to travel with unused money to take advantage of the border security investment that Congress is making with this funding bill."
On the other side of the Capitol, the GOP criticism of the Trump executive movement was even more scathing.
Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderThe Congress must advance on a measure concerning fentanyl. The rules of the GOP advance the rules change to accelerate the confirmation of nominees to Trump. Key Physician Group Faces Political Risks Related to Firearms MORE (R-Tenn.), A former board member and chief counsel, criticized Trump's emergency declaration as "useless, reckless and inconsistent with the US Constitution".
Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisBusiness, Conservative groups criticize Trump's national emergency statement GOP Senator dedicates heart photo to his wife since Senate for Valentine's Day One year since Parkland: we have a MORE solution (RC), a member of the Judicial Affairs and Armed Forces Committees, warned that Trump was creating a horrible precedent that the next Democratic president could use to impose a "leftist" policy.
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Senator Booker (D-N.J.) Stands in the chair, while Senator Sanders (I-Vt.) Should enter the race.
"It does not matter who is the president or which party they belong to: I firmly believe in the separation of powers and the limitation of the kind of excessive power that Congress has permitted to lecture for most of the last century, including during the Obama Administration, "said Tillis in a statement.
These GOP concerns are not necessarily unfounded. Friday, the representative Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar Business, conservative groups criticize Trump Trump's national emergency statement tweeted by a video mocking Dems at the state of Union Omar: the next president should declare the national emergency on climate change " the day 1 » (D-Minn.), A progressive recruit, said the next president "should declare a #NationalEmergency from day one to tackle the existential threat that climate change poses to the planet's everyday life." ".
representative Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerBanks Need Bank Accounts – Marijuana Shops Included A Senator Introduces Bill 420 That Would Legalize Dems Marijuana Minimizing Dividends Compared With Green New Deal PLUS (D-Ore.) Went a little further, announcing on Friday that he would soon present a congressional declaration of urgency on climate change. And Pelosi warned Republicans on Thursday that support for Trump's unilateral action would haunt them, potentially liberating the next Democratic president from launching a similar maneuver to restrict guns.
"I'm not advocating that the president go around Congress," she said. "I'm just saying that Republicans should be dismayed by the door they open."
The bipartisan crackdown came a few hours after Trump, speaking at the White House Rose Garden, declared a national emergency on the US-Mexico border. The president argued that waves of migrants from Central America from the center posed a direct threat to national security, leaving him no choice but to bypass Congress and allocate $ 8 billion. to other projects to build the wall he promised during his 2016 campaign.
"It's a good thing to do because we have a drug invasion, a gang invasion, an invasion of people," Trump said.
A day earlier, Congress passed a very ambitious federal spending bill, providing funding to about a quarter of the government – including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – and warning of a new partial halt.
Trump agreed to sign the package, but reluctantly because the Democrats had successfully blocked the $ 5.7 billion in border funds he had requested. The declaration of urgency, endorsed by the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Green New Deal resolution calls for an overview of "contingency" spending as part of the 3B budget agreement to excess Coulter defends Paul Ryan: this is the 100% fault of Trump PLUS (R-Ky.), Was the means by the president to claim the victory in the defeat. With this, Trump claims the power to finance the wall by transferring funds from other projects, within the framework of DHS and beyond, some of whose congresses have been approved by Congress for the Department of Defense.
Pelosi, with the leader of the Senate minority Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHouse Judiciary Judgesary seeks answers on Trump 's national emergency declaration Mandatory E – Verify: the other wall of the border, Trump, says that it "does not" did not need to "declare urgency, but that he wanted a" faster "action. MORE (D-N.Y.), Promptly issued a statement in which he pledged to fight the maneuver using "all available remedies" – without naming any particulars.
Democrats, however, will soon launch their official response. representatives Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroOcasio-Cortez and Castro plan to introduce a bill to block national emergencies O & # 39; Rourke and Schumer hear about a possible bid for 2020: report The political world mourns Dingell, the congressman having occupied the longest of his duties MORE (D-Texas), the president of the Congress Hispanic Caucus, and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezThe MP for Alexandria Ocasio-CortezDem cuts the opposition of Amazon in New York: "Now we protest against jobs," according to a reporter, the majority seems to favor progressive tax projects. Trump tweet the video making fun of Dems not rejoicing during the state of the Union (D-N.Y.) Already preparing a resolution to prevent the declaration from taking effect. This proposal could arrive as early as next week, according to a second Democratic assistant.
"We have people flocking to support this, which is great," said the assistant.
Among the early supporters is Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenDemocrat promises to advance with impunity, dividing his party. Five remarks to remember from the fiery chamber hearing of AG. Whitaker toast legislators in the House of Representatives MORE (D-Tenn.), Chairman of the sub-panel of the Judicial Committee on the Constitution. However, it is unclear whether the Democrats will unite around the Castro resolution or any other proposal, whether they will consider it before committees or give it the floor.
The passage through the house would create a huge headache for McConnell. Although the Kentucky Republican has said he supports Trump's statement, the National Emergency Act requires that such a resolution be considered privileged, guaranteeing a vote in the Senate and highlighting the GOP divisions with Trump.
Democrats are also considering a legal challenge to Trump's statement with the majority leader in the House. Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerWinners and Losers in the Border Security Agreement Night Defense: Trump signs a funding agreement and declares national emergency | Shanahan says that allies will be consulted on Afghanistan | Dem asks Khashoggi documents on the theme "Money: Trump signs a border agreement and declares the urgency to build a wall" | Senate Passes Funding Bill That House Will Follow | Dems promises to challenge the emergency statement MORE (D-Md.) Predicted this week that Democrats "would test it in court."
Democrats could pursue such a lawsuit themselves, or attack other legal issues that would come from states, landowners, and other parties involved in building new walls. California, for example, announced Friday that it would file such a complaint. And others are eager to register.
"It affects everyone in Congress, affects the governors", New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamDems ready to react aggressively to the Trump emergency order, while the GOP disassociates, a speaker from New Mexico House rejects the impeachment campaign against the governor as a result of the California Governor's decision to withdraw troops from the border: report (D) said Thursday in an interview with MSNBC. "And we will join in litigation and related efforts to ensure we keep the executive power in check."