In a harsh smack-down to Trump on Tuesday, the House of Representatives – under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi – voted to pass a resolution to end the president’s national emergency declaration, which would allow him to use federal funds, even those previously allocated for other programs – and without congressional consent- to build his now infamous border wall.
The resolution, which was introduced by Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas and passed with a 245-182 majority is indeed a power move by Democrats. Even so, in order to become veto-proof it will need to gain traction by garnering more support from Republicans (other than the 13 mostly moderates who voted against Trump in the matter) and this could prove to be an uphill battle.
Out of the 200 cosponsors of this resolution, there was but one Republican in the mix, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan who spoke out against the hypocrisy of his fellow Republicans’ support of Trump’s declaration.
The same congressional Republicans who joined me in blasting Pres. Obama’s executive overreach now cry out for a king to usurp legislative powers. If your faithfulness to the Constitution depends on which party controls the White House, then you are not faithful to it.— Justin Amash (@justinamash) February 23, 2019
Although Republicans have been slow to speak out against Trump’s declaration, some have mustered the backbone to do so, including
Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina who wrote an op-ed piece for The Washington Post on Monday and had this to say:
“There is no intellectual honesty in now turning around and arguing that there’s an imaginary asterisk attached to executive overreach – that it’s acceptable for my party but not thy party… As a US senator, I cannot justify providing the executive with more ways to bypass Congress. As a conservative, I cannot endorse a precedent that I know future left-wing presidents will exploit to advance radical policies that will erode economic and individual freedoms.”Senator Thom Tillis
While many Dems are calling foul at the abuse of power in Trump’s declaration, some, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have suggested that once the Democrats are back in the White House, they might use these same tactics. In a press conference, Pelosi made her point, saying:
“You want to talk about a national emergency? Let’s talk about today, the one year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America. That’s a national emergency… Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would. But a Democratic president can do that. Democratic president can declare emergencies as well… So, the precedent that the President is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans.”House Speaker Nancy Pelosi