Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) announced she will introduce a bill with fellow Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro to halt President Donald Trump’s planned national emergency declaration.
In response to the news, first reported by Bloomberg, Ocasio-Cortez promised that she and her colleague “aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight.”
Details about the legislation are forthcoming. In a statement of his own, Castro signaled that the president will face a heap of legal challenges in response to the declaration, which the president will use to access billions of dollars to construct a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border after Congress denied his requests for funding.
“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,” Castro said, a nod to the National Emergencies Act, legislation that allows Congress to void the emergency declaration with a joint resolution.
As Castro noted in his statement:
The National Emergencies Act (NEA) includes a process by which Congress can terminate a national emergency through expedited legislative procedures by enacting a joint resolution. Under the NEA, a joint resolution to terminate a declared national emergency must be reported out of the committee of jurisdiction within 15 calendar days and considered on the floor within 3 calendar days after being reported. The joint resolution must then be referred to the appropriate committee of the Senate with an identical expedited process and timeline.
Many cheered the young Congresswoman and her cohort on as they sent the first of what are sure to be many challenges––legal and otherwise––to an announcement that was considered controversial well before it was formally made.
Earlier, Ocasio-Cortez joined many in Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in accusing the president of manufacturing a “crisis.”
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