WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives voted in support of H.J. Resolution 46, authored by Congressman Joaquin Castro of San Antonio, which would terminate President Donald J. Trump’s February 15, 2019, national emergency declaration.
Castro, a Democrat, is chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
The declaration allows Trump to move funding from different accounts in order to spend more money than Congress appropriated for border walls. The measure passed the House by a vote of 245-182. Thirteen of the votes for the resolution came from Republicans.
“Today, the House of Representatives took one of the most consequential votes in over a decade that limits presidential overreach and helps protect the constitutional balance of power between the White House and Congress,” Castro said.
“I am glad that 13 of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle rose above party politics to help defend congressional authority as it relates to this President and our nation’s future leaders.”
Castro said there is no emergency at the border, and using military construction money to fund the President’s border wall will hurt cities like San Antonio.
“The Senate now has 18 calendar days to take this measure up. I hope our Senate colleagues put our nation, and the American people, above any self-serving concerns they have about their own political futures and vote to terminate the President’s fake emergency,” Castro said.
“This is a historic power grab by President Trump that requires historic unity among Congress, and history will look favorably on those who vote with their conscience.”
Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, was one of those supporting the resolution.
“No funding. No emergency declaration. No wall,” Gonzalez said. “Do not rob our military to fund the wall. The President needs to reign himself in, or Congress will continue to do it for him.”
Here is how the story starts in The New York Times:
NEW YORK TIMES — The House voted on Tuesday to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the Mexican border, with more than a dozen Republicans joining Democrats to try to block his effort to divert funding to a border wall without congressional approval.
The resolution of disapproval, which passed 245-182, must now be taken up by the Senate, where three Republicans have already declared their support, only one short of the number needed for Congress to ratify a stinging rebuke of Mr. Trump’s efforts.
It remains highly unlikely that opponents will muster the votes to overturn a promised veto of the resolution. But passage of a measure to assert Congress’s constitutional authority over spending is sure to bolster numerous lawsuits that maintain that Mr. Trump’s declaration is an unconstitutional end run around Congress’s lawful power of the purse.
“Is your oath of office to Donald Trump or is it to the Constitution of the United States?” Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked her Republican colleagues in a speech on the floor ahead of the vote. “You cannot let him undermine your pledge to the Constitution.”
Editor’s Note: Click here to read the full story in The New York Times.
Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news clip shows U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio.