Both Republican & Democratic politicians unified against President Trump’s decision to declare emergency for financing a security border wall with Mexico.
After Congress had refused to approve $5.7bn required for building that wall, President Trump declared using emergency powers to force US congress, citizens to fund the border wall that was the key pledge in Mr Trump’s election campaign.
National emergency would give President Trump the needed legal access to billions of dollars needed for his project.
Both Congress houses have the right to vote for terminating emergency status according to a clause within National Emergencies Act. However, A super majority in both houses of Congress is needed if President Trump decided to use presidential veto in order to to overturn that veto.
“The president is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country. Mr Trump take other executive action – including a national emergency – to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border”, Sarah Sanders White House Press Secretary said in a statement.
However, Chuck Schumer Senate Democratic leader strongly responded with the joint statement: “Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall. He couldn’t convince Mexico, the American people or their elected representatives to pay for his ineffective and expensive wall, so now he’s trying an end-run around Congress in a desperate attempt to put taxpayers on the hook for it”.