President Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday night that the House would vote the next day on a resolution disapproving President Trump's urgent declaration to build her wall with Mexico, encouraging her members to support the effort in their attempt to stop construction at the border.
In a letter titled "Dear Colleagues", the California Democrat said that Trump's statement "compromises the separation of powers and the Congress's power to pay, the power exclusively reserved by the text of the Constitution to the first organ of the government, the power to legislative, equal to the executive. "She announced that the House would adopt" swiftly "the resolution in the coming days.
"All members take an oath to support and defend the Constitution," Pelosi wrote. "The president's decision to step outside the legal framework in an attempt to obtain what he has failed to accomplish in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be overturned."
The Pelosi announcement formalizes a strategy that House Democrats agreed on several days ago. Democratic leaders had for weeks been anticipating Trump 's emergency declaration and were quietly working behind the scenes on a two – pronged approach that would involve the adoption of a disapproval resolution aimed at registering Republicans on the file, to eventually file a lawsuit against the statement in court.
Speakers of House committees, including the head of the judiciary, Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Are also planning to hold hearings on Trump's decision.
The resolution should cross the House under democratic control. His fate in the Senate, where Republicans have a 53-to-47 advantage, is less certain.
The resolution would only require a simple majority to adopt the upper house. But while many Senate Republicans have advised Trump not to unilaterally move money to his wall, it is unclear how much he will actually reprimand him for supporting the Democratic resolution.
In fact, some of the same critics who have said it would be a bad idea for Trump to make a final assessment of Congress in recent weeks have since silenced their opposition – or even totally reversed course – following the president's decision to ignore their advice.
If the measure is passed by the Senate, Trump officials have already announced to his surrogate mothers that he would veto the bill. It is unlikely that the Congress will have the numbers to override this veto.
The real challenge to Trump's statement will come before the courts. Several Democratic-led states have already filed lawsuits against the administration.