Pelosi vows to go after Trump's wall via appropriations process

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats hammer abuse of power charge, allege Trump put self over country Overnight Energy: Trump issues rule replacing Obama-era waterway protections | Pelosi slams new rule as 'an outrageous assault' | Trump water policy exposes sharp divides Pelosi slams Trump administration's new water rule: 'An outrageous assault' MORE (D-Calif.) vowed Tuesday to use the appropriations process to fight against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE’s national emergency declaration to obtain funds for a border wall.

Her announcement comes after the House failed Tuesday to override Trump’s veto of a resolution that initially passed the lower chamber in a 245-182 vote and would have blocked his declaration to reallocate billions of dollars in Pentagon funds for a border wall.

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“The President’s lawless emergency declaration clearly violates the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, and Congress will work through the appropriations and defense authorization processes to terminate this dangerous action and restore our constitutional system of balance of powers,” Pelosi said in a joint statement with Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroWarren campaign hires two top Castro staffers Democrats press Trump administration to stop DNA collection from detained migrants The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules MORE (D-Texas).

Rep. Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyMixed feelings on war power limits: Lawmakers and vet candidates US officials, world leaders arrive in Israel for World Holocaust Forum  House revives agenda after impeachment storm MORE (D-N.Y.), the chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, vowed after the declaration was announced to “study the details of President Trump’s announcement and determine how best to challenge it, both legislatively and legally.”

Trump first declared the national emergency in February after a congressional spending bill failed to meet his demands for $5.7 billion in border wall funds. His declaration allocated roughly $8 billion for miles of new barriers along the southern border.

Democrats and a handful of Republicans in the House and Senate decried the move as a threat to military readiness and an infringement on Congress’s constitutional duty to appropriate federal funds. 

“Never before has a president asked for funding, Congress has not provided it, and the president then has used the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to spend the money anyway,” said Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderSenate Republicans confident they'll win fight on witnesses Administration to give Senate briefing on coronavirus Overnight Health Care: Trump restores funding for Texas program that bars Planned Parenthood | Trump to attend March for Life | PhRMA spent record on 2019 lobbying MORE (R-Tenn.), who is not seeking reelection and voted for the Senate resolution blocking the declaration. “Our nation’s founders gave to Congress the power to approve all spending so that the president would not have too much power.” 

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham Barr DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence Senators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter Democrats sharpen case on second day of arguments MORE has defended Trump’s declaration as “clearly authorized under the law and consistent with past precedent.” 

Pelosi noted that the White House is facing multiple lawsuits related to the emergency declaration that are still sifting through the court system. She also hinted she will look at an aspect of the National Emergencies Act that would allow the House to hold a disapproval vote on the declaration every six months.

The 1976 law states that “not later than six months after a national emergency is declared, and not later than the end of each six-month period thereafter that such emergency continues, each House of Congress shall meet to consider a vote on a concurrent resolution to determine whether that emergency shall be terminated.”

“In six months, the Congress will have another opportunity to put a stop to this President’s wrongdoing.  We will continue to review all options to protect our Constitution and our Democracy from the President’s assault,” Pelosi and Castro said.