House Dems Will Introduce Resolution Blocking Trump Emergency Friday

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But even if all ten split with Trump and all 47 Democrats vote for the resolution as well, they will still be nine votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary to override a presidential veto, which the White House has made clear that Trump will issue (as his first veto, actually) if necessary.

After weeks spent battling with Congress over border funding and what constituted a wall versus a fence, Trump said, "I can call it a barrier, but I think I don't have to do that so much anymore, we'll call it whatever we want". "It's an open-and-closed case".

"In fact, there was and is no national emergency to justify the president's action, only his disagreement with Congress's duly enacted decisions on the extent and pace of spending on the border wall", the lawsuit says.

The emergency declaration is already being challenged by an investigation by the House Judiciary Committee, and in the courts with a lawsuit from 15 states led by California.

Trump declared a national emergency last Friday despite no evidence of an immigration crisis.

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California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Virginia and MI joined forces for the lawsuit.

In a statement, the attorney general said his office determined federal funding due Connecticut was at risk, including Connecticut Air National Guard projects at Bradley International Airport. Another group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, also filed a suit seeking documents about the Trump administration's legal reasoning for declaring the emergency. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges Trump's declaration is unconstitutional. "And we have to stop all of those things that a strong wall will stop", he said.

The White House's proclamation has not only been denounced by Democrats.

On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a suit on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition arguing the president failed to meet the requirements to declare a national emergency.