US Democrats in House Oppose Trump's Urgent Declaration at the Border


PHOTO FILE: The US Capitol is presented after the reopening of the US government with the return of approximately 800,000 federal employees after a 35-day shutdown in Washington, United States, on January 28, 2019. REUTERS / Joshua Roberts / File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the US House of Representatives plan to present a resolution Friday to end President Donald Trump's national emergency statement on border security, according to officials Joaquin Castro .

So far, 92 legislators have joined Castro to support the bill, which, according to the rules of the House, could give rise to a debate throughout the House, controlled by the Democrats .

Trump declared a national emergency last week to take money that Congress had appropriated to other activities and use it to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

Trump's decision was made after Congress refused to comply with its $ 5.7 billion request to help build the wall this year.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday sent a letter to Democratic and Republican members urging them to Cosponsor Castro's resolution. She said the House "will move quickly to pass this bill."

The House and the Republican-led Senate could pass a resolution ending the emergency by majority vote. However, such a move would then go to Trump, who would probably veto it. To cancel the veto would require a two-thirds vote in both houses.

A coalition of 16 US states led by California on Monday sued Trump and key members of his administration to block his decision to declare the emergency.

The prosecution said Trump's statement was an abuse of presidential power.

Richard Cowan report; Written by Eric Beech; Edited by Lisa Shumaker

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