Ocasio-Cortez, Castro plan to introduce bill to block national emergency

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezIlhan Omar edits headline of New York Post article slamming the Squad: 'There, fixed it for you' Trump urges Sanders supporters to join GOP after senator suspends campaign What the coronavirus reveals about the race grievance industry MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroBlack, Latino communities suffering disproportionately from coronavirus, statistics show Lawmakers call on Trump administration to address Puerto Rico's vulnerability to COVID-19 Texas House Dems ask governor to issue stay-at-home order MORE (D-Texas) plan to introduce a bill to stop President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE's emergency declaration.

A Democratic aide confirmed that Castro reached out to Ocasio-Cortez to get her on board and the pair is reaching out to others to build support.

"We've got people flooding in to support this," the aide said.

The timing of introduction remains up in the air. The House adjourned Friday morning and is out next week for the President's Day recess. But the chamber will be conducting pro-forma sessions next week that would allow for the introduction of bills. 

Ocasio-Cortez confirmed the move on Twitter, writing, ".@JoaquinCastrotx and I aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight."

 

Castro said in a statement Thursday that he was prepared to introduce a resolution to end the president's ability to declare national emergencies. 

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“If President Trump declares a national emergency to fund his border wall, I’m prepared to introduce a resolution to terminate the President’s emergency declaration under 50 U.S.C. 1622," he said.

"President Trump would unconstitutionally usurp congressional authority by declaring an emergency based upon unfounded hype rather than any substantive emergency," Castro added. 

Trump declared the national emergency on Friday after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell to try to pass small business funds Thursday, warns against holding it 'hostage' Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday said Trump would make the declaration as lawmakers agreed to a bipartisan funding bill.

The president's national emergency declaration has faced pushback from a number of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and will likely face numerous legal challenges.

— Mike Lillis contributed to this report which was updated at 10:59 a.m.