Senate Dems Just Exploded Trump’s Wall To The Ground
On Monday, Senate Democrats introduced a new bill that would prevent Donald Trump from using military and disaster relief funds to pay for the construction of his proposed border wall along the southern border.
If the legislation passes, Trump would not be able to declare a national emergency to get his wall built.
The legislation would prevent Trump from using funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works funds and military construction funding “for the construction of barriers, land acquisition, or any other associated activities on the southern border without specific statutory authorization from Congress” if he declared a national emergency.
“We must stand up and assert our role as a co-equal branch of government, and we must prevent the president from going around Congress to raid critical funds … for a politically-motivated, unjustified national emergency declaration that isn’t based in reality,” Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) said on Monday.
Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) added that the bill would “prevent funds designated for critical military construction and disaster response” from being used to build the wall in the event Trump declares a national emergency.
More than a dozen Democrats, including Udall and Heinrich, introduced the Restrictions Against Illegitimate Declarations for Emergency Re-appropriations Act. Among the RAIDER Act’s supporters are Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who are both running for the party’s 2020 nomination.