WASHINGTON – A resolution sponsored by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) continues to cause a headache between Congress and the White House.
Tuesday, the House is scheduled to vote on a resolution geared towards blocking President Trump’s national emergency on the border wall.
Earlier Tuesday, The Hill reported that Democratic leaders brought the measure to the floor quickly in order to sow divisions between Republican lawmakers and the party.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, “The President’s power grab usurps the constitutional responsibility, and fundamentally violates the balance of power envisioned by our Founders.”
Pelosi made no mention of former President Barack Obama’s national emergency declaration to fight the flu in 2009.
Earlier this month, President Trump declared a national emergency for the southern border, after receiving a bipartisan funding bill from Congress. The national emergency would give President Trump the $5.7 billion necessary funding for the border wall.
If the House, which is under Democratic control, approves the resolution then it will go to the Republican-controlled Senate where the passage is slim.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) said, “When you see the vote today, there will be nowhere near the votes to override a veto.”
As of Monday night, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) stated that he will be joining with Republicans Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, along with 47 Democratic senators to block. According to Politico, only one more Republican senator’s promised vote is needed to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration and force a veto from the commander-in-chief.
Trump has publicly declared that he will issue the first veto of his presidency against a resolution approved by both the House and the Senate. Congress would then need to override his veto with two-thirds majorities in both the chambers.