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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez, Thunberg, Rapinoe make BBC's 100 most inspiring women of 2019 Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey endorses Biden Democratic strategist on Sanders debate performance: 'I just think he might've topped out' MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroThe Hill's Campaign Report: Impeachment fight to take center stage at Dem debate The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren, Sanders overtake Biden in third-quarter fundraising Joaquin Castro volunteers to play his brother on 'SNL' MORE (D-Texas) plan to introduce a bill to stop President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff 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 McConnellPatient advocates launch drug pricing ad campaign Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs War of words at the White House 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.