Published: Sat, February 23, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration

Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration

President Trump said Friday he will veto any attempt to block his wall-building border emergency declaration, and said he can't see any way Congress musters the votes to override him. And though Trump has focused on Texas and the border wall (and not California's border), Becerra said he feels confident he can prove that the border wall brings harm.

It is nearly certain to pass the Democratic-controlled House, but prospects in the GOP-led Senate are unclear.

Alec Baldwin was back in front of a giddy audience playing a dopey Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live's" cold open to declare a "very urgent important national emergency" at the southern border.

Trump hasn't directly said he would veto the resolution if it reaches his desk - the first veto of his presidency.

The resolution, filed Friday, is sponsored by the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and has at least 226 co-sponsors, including Republican Justin Amash of MI. Susan Collins of ME has said she'll back the resolution. Critics note that unauthorized border crossings have fallen in recent years and accuse Trump of manufacturing a crisis after Congress refused to give him taxpayer funds to fulfill a major campaign promise.

Pelosi, D-Calif., said she'd honor her oath of office and uphold the Constitution, adding, "I wish he would have the same dedication to that oath of office himself".

Pelosi said a floor vote is expected on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Trump intends to use executive action and the national emergency declaration to find the funds necessary to build hundreds of kilometres of physical barriers on the southern frontier. If all Democrats and at least 55 Republicans vote for it, it would pass by a veto-proof margin - a two-thirds majority.

"The president's declaration clearly violates Congress' exclusive power of the purse", Pelosi said, referring to the text of the constitution.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's acting chief of staff, told reporters last week that the declaration would free an additional $6.6 billion for barrier construction.

Congress last week approved a vast spending bill providing almost $1.4 billion to build 55 miles (89 kilometers) of border barriers in Texas' Rio Grande Valley while preventing a renewed government shutdown. And as a member of the Military Construction committee, it's outrageous the President is taking 35 percent of the Mil-Con budget that's supposed to fund military projects, housing, and facilities.

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