Democrats have introduced a bill to block Donald Trump from declaring a national emergency to get funds for his border wall.
According to the Restrictions Against Illegitimate Declarations for Emergency Re-Appropriations (RAIDER) Act, “no funds appropriated or otherwise made available prior to the date of the enactment of this Act may be used for the construction of barriers, land acquisition, or any other associated activities on the southern border without specific statutory authorization from Congress.”
We're introducing the RAIDER Act to stop the president from using a national emergency declaration to raid disaster relief funds for his border wall.
Congress is a co-equal branch of gov't. We can't let @POTUS go around us to build his wasteful wall. https://t.co/w9RCVyn77v
— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) February 4, 2019
The timing is no accident.
On the eve of the State of the Union, a lot of maneuvering is afoot on Capitol Hill, mostly from Democrats, all of it designed to stop the president and his border wall. Trump could declare a national emergency tomorrow night. https://t.co/KW1WtuJdta
— NewsandGuts (@NewsandGuts) February 4, 2019
Trump was forced to concede his demands for border wall funding after a record-breaking 35 day government shutdown which cost the US economy an estimated $11 billion. Now the president has suggested that he may declare a state of emergency during his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
I think there's a good chance we'll have to, #Trump told reporters, a week after a record-long partial #government shutdown ended without Democrats approving funds for a border wall. https://t.co/cmBPMkcg0Z
— Spectrum News (@ProNewsViews) February 2, 2019
One old man's fear of Latinos is not a national emergency.
— A Tree 🌹 (@ATree87571299) February 4, 2019
Democrats want to block the president from using emergency funds to build his wall.
“President Trump shouldn’t be raiding essential funding from American recovering from natural disasters, or from our critical military infrastructure to pay for his vanity project,” said Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto.