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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroWhy paid internships matter for foreign policy careers State Department establishes chief officer in charge of diversity Texas governor faces criticism over handling of winter storm fallout MORE (D-Texas) plan to introduce a bill to stop President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout 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 McConnellBiden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Senate approves sweeping coronavirus measure in partisan vote 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.