Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney on Sept. 4 co-sponsored legislation that could halt President Trump from transferring federal funds to the border wall construction in the future.
The two Republican senators name their bill the Article One Act, and after 30 days it will end all future statements of emergency made under the National Emergency Act unless Congress votes to extend them.
“Today, the Administration announced that funding for two projects crucial to military readiness at Utah’s HAFB will be diverted as a result of the February 2019 emergency declaration. The executive branch should use the appropriate channels, not divert already appropriated funding,” Mitt Romney tweeted.
“Congress will have an opportunity to restore this funding in the next budget cycle. I will work with Sen. Mike Lee and the other members of our delegation to fight for funding for these projects, which are essential to Utah’s service members and our national security strategy,” he added.
Congress will have an opportunity to restore this funding in the next budget cycle. I will work with @SenMikeLee and the other members of our delegation to fight for funding for these projects, which are essential to Utah’s service members and our national security strategy.
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) September 4, 2019
Existing laws allow the president of the United States to reprogram existing appropriations for certain purposes.
President Trump declared a national emergency in February citing cartel violence, human trafficking, and drug trafficking to access funds to build the border wall.
“Congress has been ceding far too much power to the executive branch for decades and it is far past time for Congress to restore the proper balance of power between the three branches,” Lee said in a statement.
Pentagon officials on Sept. 3 said the Defense Department would redirect $3.6 billion from 127 existing military construction projects to build about 175 miles of wall on the southern border.