House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) released a statement after the Supreme Court stayed a ruling in favor of President Trump’s effort to spend military funds to build a wall on the southern border.
She accused Trump of trying to “undermine our military readiness and steal from our men and women in uniform to waste billions on a wasteful, ineffective wall that Congress on a bipartisan basis has repeatedly refused to fund.”
She said the Supreme Court’s decision “undermines the Constitution and the law.”
This evening’s Supreme Court ruling allowing @realDonaldTrump to steal military funds to spend on a wasteful, ineffective border wall rejected by Congress is deeply flawed. Our Founders designed a democracy governed by the people — not a monarchy.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 26, 2019
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the decision “deeply regrettable and nonsensical.”
He tweeted, “It’s a sad day when the president is cheering a decision that may allow him to steal funds from our military to pay for an ineffective and expensive wall for which he promised Mexico would foot the bill.”
Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) praised the Supreme Court ruling, calling it “a big day” and a “great week” for President Trump.
“Big day as this Supreme Court decision will allow emergency funds to be spent on the much-needed Wall. After this decision the Border Wall will get stronger and better. A great week for President Trump!” Graham tweeted.
Big day as this Supreme Court decision will allow emergency funds to be spent on the much-needed Wall.
After this decision the Border Wall will get stronger and better.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 27, 2019
The Supreme Court on July 26, ruled that the Trump administration could begin using military funds to build a wall on the southern border, providing a significant legal win to the president.
The decision allows the administration to move ahead with plans to use certain military funds to replace existing border fencing in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
President Trump called it a “Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!”
Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall. The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2019
The case before the Supreme Court involved just the $2.5 billion in Defense Department funds, which the administration said will be used to construct more than 100 miles of fencing. One project would replace 46 miles of barrier in New Mexico for $789 million. Another would replace 63 miles in Arizona for $646 million. The other two projects in California and Arizona are smaller.
Rudy Giuliani, an attorney to the president, also hailed it a “great week” for Donald Trump.
Great week for @realDonaldTrump. Mueller and his report evaporate; Dems dillusonal. Sec Def confirmed. Border wall funds approved by SCOTUS. And his WH Deplorables softball team shutout @CoryBooker team #Spartacus…still WINNING! Not getting tired of WINNING!
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) July 27, 2019
Includes reporting from the Associated Press.